National Drought Mitigation Center

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Producers culling livestock in Ziebach County, South Dakota
7/10/2017 5:51:13 PM

Ziebach County, SD

Start Date: 5/1/2017 - End Date: 7/10/2017
Producers are culling livestock above normal rates. Due to the drought of 2016, producers used all of their carryover feedstocks and now in 2017 there is nothing to harvest as forage. A majority of winter wheat was harvested as forage. The stand was very short, the heads didn't fill. Spring crops either didn't sprout or they have failed after emerging. A large percentage of the oats has failed. What hasn't failed will be harvested for forage. The corn that has emerged is burning up. Producers are also looking for alternatives for water for their livestock. The winter storms did not produce any runoff. If the producers make it through the summer with their herd, they will face winter with a feed shortage. From Ziebach County, South Dakota, on July 17, 2017