April 26, 2021
ABERDEEN, S.D.–Some good news on the drought front in northeastern South Dakota.
Over the past three weeks, precipitation events have occurred across the area, but the highest amounts have generally been over northeast South Dakota and west-central Minnesota.
Much of that area received one to four inches of precipitation, with some areas even higher than four inches.
That led to drought improvements, or even removal of drought conditions over the Glacial Lakes region and into west central Minnesota.
Across north-central South Dakota, precipitation has largely stayed away, allowing D-2 and D-3 drought conditions to continue.
According to the April 19th release of South Dakota crop conditions from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, topsoil moisture
was rated 24 percent "very short" and 34 percent "short". Compared to the end of March, this is a 2 percent
increase for "very short", but a 10 percent decrease for "short". The recent heavier rain across northeast South Dakota likely drove this
number down for the "short" category. Subsoil moisture was rated 25 percent "very short" and 44 percent "short". Comparing subsoil to
late March, this is a 5 percent increase for "very short" and an 11 percent decrease for "short".