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Lack of Snow Cover Worries Some South Dakota Farmers

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SIOUX FALLS – Some farmers and ranchers in South Dakota are concerned about the lack of snow-cover protection for their winter wheat.

That’s according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop report. The report says average snow depth for February across the state was 7 inches with temperatures mixed.

Winter wheat conditions were rated 20 percent very poor, 46 percent poor, 31 percent fair and 3 percent good. Snow cover for winter wheat was rated at 56 percent poor, 42 percent adequate and 2 percent excellent. Alfalfa snow cover was rated at 38 percent poor, 55 percent adequate and 7 percent excellent.

Major activities in February for produces included moving snow, caring for livestock, hauling grain and repairing equipment.

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