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Pasture and forage production is expected to be above average for the season due to one of the wettest 12-month periods on record. 

As South Dakota records the wettest 12-month period in 124 years of climate record keeping (June 2018-June 2019) this summer area farmers and ranchers feel a bit jaded about their saturated situation.

 Across the Jerauld County area, soils are very wet to flooded, meaning any rainfall will runoff without soaking into soil. With the James River still in major flood stages the potential for an extended flood period and/or flash flooding remains for late summer and early fall.

No matter how much rain falls through August, pasture and forage production is expected to be above to much above average for the season, according to research  done by Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension State Climatologist (see PAGE FIVE in this week’s print and e-issue).  Livestock will also have an upper hand at feed conversion, as heat stress should not be a significant issue in August.

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