South Dakota State University State Climatologist Laura Edwards confirms conditions are dry. South Dakota’s corn crop is ahead of average. “Even with the cool end to July, there was some potential for really high yields. The USDA estimate one week ago, showed a record high yield in South Dakota for corn, 170 bushel-per-acre average. Some areas are going to see record yield for that area, but some areas are struggling. USDA’s estimate came out before this dry impact was really hitting us really hard. We’ll see if that estimate holds true.” Edwards confirms farmers are cutting corn for silage and other grains for feed.