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Published August 23, 2012, 12:30 PM

Drought conditions change little in Dakotas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows conditions in the Dakotas have changed little over the past week.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows conditions in the Dakotas have changed little over the past week.

Parts of western and southern South Dakota remain in extreme drought. Much of the rest of the state is in moderate to severe drought.

Western South Dakota rancher Jerry Hammerquist tells the Rapid City Journal cows grazing on rain-starved pastures are finding it difficult to maintain weight and feed calves.

Gov. Dennis Daugaard this week relaxed height and width restrictions for baled hay being hauled on South Dakota roads.

North Dakota is better off, though much of the eastern part of the state and the southwestern corner is in severe drought. The Agriculture Department says more than half of the state's pasture and range land is still considered in fair or good condition.

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