One week of below zero temperatures across South Dakota concerns South Dakota Wheat Commission Executive Director Reid Christopherson. “Much of central South Dakota had very little snow cover. We were on the verge of drought conditions. In the last week, temperatures went from 40 degrees above zero to 20 degrees below. These are drastic changes in the weather.” Christopherson says the wheat crop is stressed. “It’s been a crop that’s been stressed all winter. In November, we were sitting at a 60 percent or higher good-to-excellent rating on the winter wheat crop. The last NASS report downgraded that to 32 percent, with nothing in the excellent category. We’ll continue to see the impact of an open winter.”
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