Week of dry weather worsens soil moisture in South Dakota; much of winter wheat suffering

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SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota — Another week of dry weather is putting even more stress on soil moisture in South Dakota.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop progress report that subsoil moisture supplies statewide are rated 70 percent short or very short, and topsoil moisture supplies are 74 percent short or very short. That's up from 67 percent and 69 percent last week.

More than one-third of the state's winter wheat crop is rated in poor or very poor condition. Stock water supplies are rated 42 percent short or very short. Both percentages have worsened over the week.

The dry weather has enabled farmers to make progress on spring planting. Seeding of all crops in South Dakota is ahead of the average pace over the past five years.

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