- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Minimal rainfall across large areas of South Dakota this summer is having an effect on the state’s alfalfa hay crop.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that one-third of the crop is rated in poor or very poor shape. Another 45 percent is rated fair, with only 22 percent in good-to-excellent condition. The third cutting of alfalfa is underway.

Fifty-five percent of the spring wheat crop and 87 percent of the winter wheat is harvested, well ahead of the average pace.

Precipitation over the past week was scattered, and damage from hail and strong winds was reported in parts of northern and western South Dakota.

Pasture and range conditions statewide are rated 41 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies are rated 69 percent adequate to surplus.

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