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Laura Edwards

SDSU Extension State Climatologist

605-626-2870

SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center
13 2nd Ave SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Laura supports the citizens of South Dakota in her role as the SDSU Extension State Climatologist based in Aberdeen.

State & Regional Offices

Aberdeen Regional Center

Also by Laura Edwards

Color-coded map of the United States showing precipitation outlook for May 2022. The majority of South Dakota is predicted to have above-average precipitation.

May 2022 Drought and Climate Outlook

The May climate outlook favors cooler and wetter than average conditions. It is possible producers could experience some short-term drought relief, with a return to drought or re-intensifying in the mid-summer season.

Group of farmers and ranchers attending a drought meeting.

SDSU Extension to Host Drought Management Meetings

April 29, 2022

SDSU Extension will host drought management meetings across South Dakota May 10-12.

Map of South Dakota with dot-plots indicating 24-hour soil temperatures at a 4-inch depth for various locations throughout South Dakota. Data from Mesonet.sdstate.edu

Delayed Planting Due to Soil Temperatures?

Although it can be tempting to get a head start with row crops, it's important to be mindful of soil temperatures and the risks associated with planting early.