Typically, the U.S. Drought Monitor’s status doesn’t change much over winter, but that’s not the case for South Dakota this year. “We were much drier than average and drought continued to spread. Statewide, we only had one inch of moisture from December through February, half an inch below average.” said Laura Edwards, state climatologist, South Dakota State University Extension. March kicks off a wet season in the Dakotas and will be a critical time for moisture. “We don’t have the bank reserve to draw from like usual. Anything early planted will start dry. Timely rains will be more important than it’s been the last few years.”
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