Tuesday, 27 March 2012 07:36
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) _ Warm, dry weather in March has helped
South Dakota farmers get into the fields but it also has left many
areas in need of moisture.
The Agriculture Department says topsoil moisture supplies as of
Sunday were only 50 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 99
percent in those categories last year at the same time. The
percentages are about the same for subsoil moisture supplies.
The department says moisture is needed in most areas of South
Dakota to help with the condition of the winter wheat and alfalfa
crops and also pasture land.
The mild weather has been a boon for ranchers in the midst of
calving and lambing season.
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