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Drought worsens, soybeans suffer in parts of South Dakota

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Another U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday and it officially can't get any worse for many parts of the country including our area. Southeast South Dakota is in trouble, courtesy of Mother Nature. It shows exceptionally dry conditions which is the worst level on monitor's scale.

It's so dry you can hear the crunch. This time of year you shouldn't even be able to walk in soybean fields because soybeans should be knee to almost waist high by now.

"We haven't had any rain. It's been extremely dry and when you go south of us it's worse," Voegeli said.

For Lester Voegeli it can't get much worse. He farms corn and soybeans in the Beresford area and this year he running into a big problem.

"This is the first time I've farmed that I've had empty bins. I've never had that problem before," Voegeli said.

And that's because nothing is growing because of the lack of rain.

"It's been a bad year all around. We just haven't been fortunate," Voegeli said.

And there's proof in that by the recently released drought monitor which we've been telling you about since the beginning of summer.

"I've never had a summer like this with the wind blowing strong and the temperature like 102, 103, 105. I've never seen anything like it," Voegeli said.

Less crop could mean we eventually start paying more. We've already heard reports of paying more for ethanol. Corn and now soybeans are low this year. Both are used to feed animals. That could mean meat prices spiking.

In the meantime, Voegeli is just hoping for some future rain.

"You have to look for next year, you can't be looking back or if you dwell on this year for next year you won't be here," Voegeli said.

Voegeli already plans to harvest in the next week. Usually farmers start their harvest season sometime in October.

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