Warm weather gives way to colder conditions
There were 6.5 days suitable for field work during the week ending Nov. 25, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office, Nov. 26.
Major activities last week included finishing up fall tillage, baling corn stover, hauling grain and hay, fertilizing and preparing for winter. Very warm mid-week conditions gave way to colder conditions over the rest of the holiday weekend statewide, according to the State Climate Office of South Dakota. Two systems crossed the state during the week producing light precipitation again. One system over Thanksgiving brought brief light rain and snow mainly over the northern and eastern areas. Another system brought snow to the southwest on Nov. 25.
Total precipitation amounts were again light generally. Areas of the southwest did receive somewhat more precipitation mostly as snow with the system over the weekend. Custer reported the most precipitation for the week at 0.30 inches. About half the reporting stations recorded no precipitation for the week. The precipitation amounts caused no change in the state's drought conditions.
Temperatures were above average for the week. Average temperatures ranged from the low 30s in the northeast to low to mid 40s in the southwest. These were from about 5 F above average in the northeast to more than 10 F above average in the southwest. The highest daily temperature was 78 F at Kennebec. The lowest was 6 F at Newell, Britton and Buffalo.
Soil temperatures were mostly in the 30s. Oacoma was the warmest at 42 F; South Shore was the coolest at 34 F.
Winter wheat was 60 percent emerged, behind last year's estimate of 100 percent and the five year average of 100 percent emerged. Winter wheat emergence has progressed slowly as some areas lack moisture. Winter wheat condition was rated at 24 percent very poor, 40 percent poor, 34 percent fair and 2 percent good.
Cattle conditions were rated at 72 percent good to excellent, 24 percent fair and 4 percent poor. Sheep conditions were rated at 74 percent good to excellent condition, 21 percent fair and 5 percent poor. Stock water supplies were rated at 39 percent very short, 37 percent short, 24 percent adequate. Feed supplies were rated at 23 percent very short, 35 percent short and 42 percent adequate to surplus.