In about the last half-century, there was a steep decline in the number of farms in South Dakota. In 1959, there were 55,727 farms in the state, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report. By 2012, that number had fallen nearly 43 percent to 31,989.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service on July 22 confirmed what most farmers in the region can see up-close — it’s dry. Crop conditions in the last official report didn’t include rains that came to some of the region on July 25.
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