Governor Noem concerned about growing drought conditions in central, western South Dakota  (Audio)

February 16, 2022
Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–With spring planting in South Dakota drawing closer, the state’s governor is concerned about the snowcover, or lack of it, in the central and western parts of the state.

Governor Kristi Noem, in an interview with KWAT News Director Mike Tanner, says if those areas don’t get any rain or snow over the next month or so, drought conditions will only worsen…

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Farming is a gamble, and this year will be no different…

The latest drought monitor map (pictured) shows all areas of South Dakota west of an Aberdeen to Sioux Falls line in some level of drought conditions, with the most severe being in the northwest corner of the state.

The driest parts of the South Dakota have seen Red Flag Warnings issued this winter due to high winds, and very dry grassland that’s not covered by any snow.