South Dakota winter wheat condition declines, but conditions favorable for calving, lambing

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — The condition of South Dakota's winter wheat crop continues to decline.

The Agriculture Department says in its latest crop report that 35 percent of the winter wheat is rated in good condition, with no producers reporting an excellent rating. A report earlier this month showed that 49 percent was graded in good condition, with zero excellent.

The report says 22 percent of the winter wheat is poor or very poor.

The opposite was true for cattle and calf conditions, which were rated 89 percent good or excellent. Calving progress was 34 percent complete.

Sheep and lamb conditions were 85 percent good or excellent. Lambing progress was at 70 percent.

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