Drought delays winter wheat planting

decrease font size  Resize text   increase font size       Printer-friendly version of this article Printer-friendly version of this article

Drought continues its relentless march across South Dakota, as reflected in the U.S. Drought Monitor, released on Oct. 11, a news release from the South Dakota State University Extension Service noted. And the drought is having an impact on the winter wheat already planted and delaying other fields from being planted.

Exceptional drought, the worst category on the map, has grown to nearly one-third of the state's area, a 26 percent increase from Sept. 25. Currently, more than 91 percent of South Dakota is covered in the severe, extreme or exceptional drought (D2-D4) categories, said Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist.

"Last week, the drought map depicted one-category degradations across much of western South Dakota. This week's changes reflect worsening conditions in the northeast. Winter wheat planting is being delayed, and there is poor germination and emergence in many of the fields that have been planted," Edwards said. "Dry soils and very little rainfall have led to very dry soil conditions to start off winter wheat and cover crops this fall."

The month of September was the record driest for several locations in the northeast and central parts of the state, including; Aberdeen, Mobridge and Pierre. In Aberdeen, the total rainfall for the month of September was just 0.01 inches. So far, 0.02 inches have been reported in October. Pierre has had no measurable rainfall since Aug. 12, when 0.01 inches fell. Edwards says the National Climatic Data Center has reported South Dakota as being the driest on record.

"Over the last two weeks, expansions in the three worst drought categories on the U.S. Drought Monitor map in South Dakota reflected these dismal precipitation amounts. Soil moisture is well below normal for this time of year as well, as farmers are concerned about cover crops and winter wheat statewide," Edwards said.

The USDA Weekly Crop Weather Report, issued on Oct. 9, states that 95 percent of topsoil moisture is short to very short, and 93 percent of subsoil moisture is short to very short.

Dennis Todey, SDSU State Climatologist, says that drought is getting worse rather than better and adding much moisture to the subsoil is becoming very unlikely.

"The opportunities for recovery this fall are becoming limited. We were hoping for some relief before winter, but the situation appears to be going the other direction," Todey said. "This will have implications for cropping decisions this fall, and possibly into the spring. Limited surface water availability will be an issue for livestock producers through the winter season."

"We don't see any clear climate signal that this fall or winter will be a game-changer," Todey said. "The drought is so severe and extensive that it will be challenging to make a significant recovery during our winter dry season."


Buyers Guide

Doyle Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Doyle Equipment Manufacturing prides themselves as being “The King of the Rotary’s” with their Direct Drive Rotary Blend Systems. With numerous setup possibilities and sizes, ranging from a  more...
A.J. Sackett Sons & Company
Sackett Blend Towers feature the H.I.M, High Intensity Mixer, the next generation of blending and coating technology which supports Precision Fertilizer Blending®. Its unique design allows  more...
R&R Manufacturing Inc.
The R&R Minuteman Blend System is the original proven performer. Fast, precise blending with a compact foot print. Significantly lower horsepower requirement. Low inload height with large  more...
Junge Control Inc.
Junge Control Inc. creates state-of-the-art product blending and measuring solutions that allow you to totally maximize operating efficiency with amazing accuracy and repeatability, superior  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The flagship blending system for the Layco product line is the fully automated Layco DW System™. The advanced technology of the Layco DW (Declining Weight) system results in a blending  more...
Yargus Manufacturing
The LAYCOTE™ Automated Coating System provides a new level of coating accuracy for a stand-alone coating system or for coating (impregnating) in an automated blending system. The unique  more...
John Deere
The DN345 Drawn Dry Spreader can carry more than 12 tons of fertilizer and 17.5 tons of lime. Designed to operate at field speeds up to 20 MPH with full loads and the G4 spreader uniformly  more...
Force Unlimited
The Pro-Force is a multi-purpose spreader with a wider apron and steeper sides. Our Pro-Force has the most aggressive 30” spinner on the market, and is capable of spreading higher rates of  more...
BBI Spreaders
MagnaSpread 2 & MagnaSpread 3 — With BBI’s patented multi-bin technology, these spreaders operate multiple hoppers guided by independent, variable-rate technology. These models are built on  more...


Comments (0) Leave a comment 

Name
e-Mail (required)
Location

Comment:

characters left


X-TENDED REACH GRAIN CARTS

YOUR BEST HARVEST IS NOW WITHIN REACH J&M introduces their patented line of X-tended Reach grain carts, featuring a frontfolding single ... Read More

View all Products in this segment

View All Buyers Guides

Feedback Form
Feedback Form