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Below normal precipitation and temps persist south dakota

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For the month of February, below normal precipitation and temperatures persisted across most of the state, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, South Dakota Field Office, March 3.

Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 20 percent short, 78 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 83 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Agricultural activities included caring for livestock, marketing grain, and preparing for spring planting season.

Winter wheat condition rated 4 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 58 percent good and 5 percent excellent.

Cattle and calf conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 69 percent good and 5 percent excellent. Calving was 11 percent complete. Cattle and calf death losses rated 3 percent below normal, 94 percent normal, and 3 percent above normal. Sheep and lamb conditions rated 0 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 75 percent good and 3 percent excellent. Lambing was 42 percent complete. Sheep and lamb death losses rated 4 percent below normal, 91 percent normal, and 5 percent above normal. Stock water supplies were 1 percent very short, 10 percent short, 86 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Hay and forage supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 89 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus.

Date: 3/10/2014



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