south dakota drought

South Dakota Farmers, Ranchers Get Some Drought Relief

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – Rain has brought South Dakota farmers and ranchers some relief from the drought. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says rain and cooler temperatures last week brought drought relief to parts of South Dakota. But rainfall totals varied widely and left some areas with little to no precipitation. Moisture conditions remain short to very short for…

Spring Wheat Harvest Gets Underway In Dry South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – The spring wheat harvest has gotten underway in South Dakota as the winter wheat and oats harvests progress. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says dry conditions in the state continue to stress crops, rangeland and livestock. Topsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 85 percent short or very short. Subsoil moisture is…

Thune: Drought Aid Triggered For 6 South Dakota Counties

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – U.S. Sen. John Thune says drought aid is coming to ranchers with cattle in six counties of South Dakota. Thune said Thursday the U.S. Drought Monitor indicates those counties are now categorized as being in extreme drought. That triggers three months of payments under the Livestock Forage Program to eligible producers with grazing livestock. The counties…

South Dakota Governor Activates State Drought Task Force

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard has activated the state Drought Task Force to monitor dry conditions across South Dakota. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map indicates that abnormally dry conditions can be found in the western, south central and eastern parts of the state, with moderate and severe drought conditions in the central, north central and extreme northeast…