- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Storms across South Dakota have been good news for soil moisture, but the precipitation has slowed the first cutting of alfalfa.

The Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that thunderstorms late last week brought heavy rain, strong wind and hail to parts of central and eastern South Dakota. The report is through Sunday, so it does not factor in the early Monday storms that wreaked havoc in those regions.

The report says nearly all of the state’s corn and soybean crops have emerged. The corn crop was rated 72 percent good to excellent and the soybean crop 70 percent in those categories.

Pasture and range conditions statewide were rated 60 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies were 80 percent adequate to surplus.

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