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(AP SOUTH DAKOTA)  Cool temperatures across  South Dakota brought little relief to farmers.

In its weekly crop and weather report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture finds that several low temperatures were set or tied across the state.  Precipitation was scattered throughout, with an average of 6.6 days of fieldwork.  Topsoil moisture was rated at 51 percent very short, 30 percent short and 19 percent adequate.  About 84 percent of corn has reached the dough stage and 44 percent the dented stage, both ahead of the five year average.