Cattle conditions were rated 87 percent in the good to excellent range, while sheep conditions were rated 92 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies were 9 percent very short, 28 percent short and 63 percent adequate to surplus. Feed supplies were 5 percent very short, 29 percent short and 66 percent adequate to surplus. Range and pasture conditions were rated 10 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 34 percent fair and 33 percent good to excellent.
According to reporters, poor hay conditions remained a concern and pastures were showing moisture stress in some areas. Pasture and range conditions were 2 percent very poor, 16 poor, 37 fair, 41 good, and 4 excellent. First cuttings of alfalfa and other hay were 92 percent and 60 percent complete, respectively. Hay conditions were rated 8 percent very poor, 21 poor, 35 fair, 33 good, and 3 excellent. Stockwater supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 20 short, 70 adequate and 3 surplus.
Source: USDA NASS SD & ND Field Offices