Forum News Service, Published June 27 2013
Less drought has South Dakota farmers optimisticMITCHELL, S.D. - The latest edition of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the drought is loosening its chokehold on South Dakota.
The monitor shows that 46 percent of the state is experiencing no drought, 54 percent is abnormally dry, but only 28.6 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively, are experiencing moderate and severe drought conditions.
What a difference six months can make.
On Jan. 1, the entire state was experiencing some degree of drought. Nearly a third of the state was in exceptional drought and the remainder was experiencing moderate to extreme drought conditions.
“Things look pretty good -- as good as things can be right now,” said Steve Preszler, 54, who farms 500 acres of corn in Hutchinson County. Like most land south of Interstate 90, Hutchinson County suffered some of the state’s worst drought conditions in 2012.