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Precipitation, cooler temps help South Dakota farmers

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Precipitation and cooler temperatures have brought some relief to South Dakota farmers, as many began cutting recently released CRP acres for hay this past week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop and weather report that temperatures were below average over much of the state for the first time since early June. Precipitation was fairly widespread, but generally light.

Topsoil moisture was rated at 13 percent adequate, 36 percent short and 51 percent very short.

About 77 percent of corn has reached the dough stage, compared to 22 percent last year and 27 percent for the five year average. Barley is 95 percent harvested.

Cattle conditions improved slightly with 69 percent rated in the good to excellent range, 27 percent fair, and 4 percent poor.

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