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Lack of plant growth affecting ranchers in Walworth County, South Dakota
5/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

Walworth County, SD
Lowry, SD

Start Date: 3/1/2017 - End Date: 5/16/2017
Fortunately we are receiving rain this morning but unfortunately some damage has already been done. We are ranchers and depend on early spring rains for our prairie plants to grow. Our ecosystem is dominated by cool season plants. The .87 of rain and 6 inches of snow which we have gotten since March 1 has caused us to begin our liquidation of cattle. We have kept our yearlings in the dry lot about 30 days longer than usual and will liquidate about 30% of our cow herd yet this month to adjust the our stocking rates due to the lack of growth. We are located in north central South Dakota. From Walworth County, South Dakota, on May 16, 2017