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Controlling Grasshoppers, Salvaging Drought Corn Kick Off August Drought Hours

BROOKINGS, S.D. - The drought's footprint continues to expand across South Dakota, as periodic heat waves impacted conditions over the last month. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 18% of the state is in Extreme Drought (D3), while another 70% follows as Severe Drought (D2).

"On Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rated topsoil moisture 84% short to very short in South Dakota. Rangeland and pastures were also rated 84% very poor to poor across the state," says South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension State Climatologist Laura Edwards. "The country's spring wheat crop was rated just 9% good to excellent with 64% very poor to poor. South Dakota, being in the heart of spring wheat country, has been setback severely due to the conditions, with 84% rated poor to very poor."

This August, SDSU Extension will continue its virtual educational program series, Drought Hour. From 11 a.m. to noon CDT, participants are invited to join the online conversation and stay ahead of drought impacts with climate updates, business insights and the latest research-tested management tips for farms, ranches and properties of all sizes.

Drought Hour will be featured on the following Mondays during the month and will cover a variety of production topics:

Aug. 9

Aug. 23

Aug. 30

There is no fee to attend, but participants will need to register for the weekly webinars. Confirmation Zoom links and reminders will be emailed to attendees.

In addition to the weekly webinar series, SDSU Extension has devoted an entire page on the Extension website to addressing drought concerns. To receive regular updates and the latest resources on drought conditions, South Dakotans are also encouraged to subscribe to Extension's newsletters.

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Color-coded drought monitor map of South Dakota. As of July 27, north-central South Dakota is facing extreme drought, while the rest of the state is under abnormally dry to severe drought conditions. A small portion of the southwest has adequate moisture.
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Drought Hours in August

Stay ahead of drought impacts with climate updates, business insights and the latest research-tested management tips for farms, ranches and properties of all sizes.