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Published August 06, 2013, 09:26 AM

Below normal temperatures slow SD crop development

Below normal temperatures across South Dakota have been slowing crop development.

By: Associated Press,

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Below normal temperatures across South Dakota have been slowing crop development.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that rain showers were reported across most of the state, but a lack of moisture in some areas has been affecting crops. Statewide, there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Corn silking is at 87 percent, behind last year’s 95 percent but ahead of the 70 percent average. Winter wheat is 94 percent ripe, compared to the average of 98 percent.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 5 percent very short, 23 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

Pasture and range conditions are rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 55 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

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