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SDSU Extension: Drought expanded across South Dakota in June

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The South Dakota State University College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences said high temperatures and lack of precipitation expanded a drought across South Dakota in June.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, over 47 percent of the state is in a moderate drought while about 3 percent is in severe drought. Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist, said almost 96 percent of the state is in some state of drought or dry condition.

In a news release the SDSU College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences stated dry, warm and windy conditions have affected corn and soybean growth in every corner of the state. The College said crop growth has begun to slow down as corn approaches the tasseling stage. Grass and alfalfa cutting for hay have also yielded less than normal amounts this year partly due to the drought.

The College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences said June 2012 climate records verify the dry and warm conditions across the state. Much of southeast South Dakota reported less than an inch of rain in June—one of its driest months in history. Other parts of South Dakota reported more than 2.25 inches below average rain for the month.

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