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A warmer-than-usual start to year in SD

South Dakota’s State Climatologist says a warmer-than-usual start to winter has some benefits for the state’s farmers and ranchers.

Laura Edwards with South Dakota State University Extension tells Brownfield the ground hasn’t frozen yet in many areas, which means the end of the year rain and snow has soaked right into the soil.

“This sets us up better for the spring season to start with row cropping and alfalfa hay pasture areas. It also refills dugouts and stock ponds.”

She says there might be some muddied livestock pens, but farmers haven’t complained much. And Edwards says changes are coming as January continues.

“Not sure exactly what the temperatures will be, but they will be below average for awhile and more active as far as precipitation goes.”

She says winter should end warmer than usual for South Dakota.

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