Conditions beginning to spell drought

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By Kathy Nelson

Last winter’s snowfall was not enough to head off a dry spring when rains did not come. The National Drought Monitor now has north central South Dakota as extremely dry. The conditions have producers scrambling to make changes. Ruth Beck,

SDSU Agronomy Field Specialist at Pierre, said, “I have been in contact with some people from Dewey and Corson. They are telling me it’s very dry. Winter wheat is being hayed and the only alfalfa they will cut is in low wet areas. They are saying the grass is also very thin.” “It does not look good for the spring wheat and oats if we do not get a change very soon,” Beck said. “The very early heat has certainly been a contributing factor.”


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