Drought Heats Up in South Dakota

Hay and corn are losing ground as dry weather continues.

Hay shortages are mounting in several western south Dakota counties and corn's yield potential is decline as the drought deepens.

Shannon, Fall River and Custer counties are most in hay of hay, says Adele Gelvin, SDSU Extension livestock specialist for Haakon/Jackson County Extension Livestock Educator

Extrension educators in western counties have started a Drought Relief Hay Exchange to connect those who have feed to sell with those who need to buy it.

The SDSU Dakota Department of Agriculture and the South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension Service also operate an Internet-based service called FeedFinder.

Those who have hay or other feeds for sale or pasture for lease can access the site online at sdces.sdstate.edu/drought. Click on the "FeedFinder" logo.

The corn crop outlook is beginning to decline, too, due to more than a month without rain in many places in state.

Wheat yields have varied widely, from 10 bushels in some of the western counties to as much as 80 bushels per acre in the central part of the state.

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