South Dakota’s winter wheat crop conditions continue to decline. South Dakota Wheat Commission Executive Director Reid Christopherson says the decline in good to excellent conditions started a few months ago. “Conditions moved from 41 percent to 31 percent good to excellent at the end of March and now, down to 27 percent good to excellent. Dryness will carry the burden of the blame at this point.” Any rains would help, but a bigger risk for the wheat is competing crops. “Unfortunately, it’s not too late to abandon the winter wheat and move on to another crop. We hope the rains are well timed for spring wheat seeding and to bring the winter wheat back around.”
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