Black Hills Knowledge Netowork

The price of hay has also increased as the drought progresses with alfalfa hay selling for $150-160 per ton
The price of hay has also increased as the drought progresses with alfalfa hay selling for $150-160 per ton
pixabay.com
July 17, 2017

Drought Conditions Force South Dakota Ranchers to Make Difficult Decisions

Widespread drought conditions in South Dakota are forcing the state’s ranchers to either purchase additional hay or bring their cattle to auction sooner, according to the Black Hills Pioneer. The price of hay has also increased as the drought progresses with alfalfa hay selling for $150-160 per ton.

While some ranchers are trying to hold onto younger cows and calves as long as possible, some cow-calf pairs are being sold at auction already, an unusual occurrence in a non-drought year.

The United States Department of Agriculture opened emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program or CRP lands in the state earlier this year. The authorization will remain in place through September unless conditions improve. Governor Daugaard has also declared a drought emergency and instructed the Drought Task Force to monitor conditions statewide.

To read more about agriculture and natural resources in the Black Hills, visit the Black Hills Knowledge Network’s online news archive.

Related items

  • Deadwood City Commission Approves $16.3 Million Budget

    The Deadwood City Commission approved a 2018 budget of $16.3 million, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. The Fiscal Year 2018 budget marks a $2.3 million…
  • Rapid City Council Plans to Fund Road Improvements

    The Rapid City Council recently voted to increase the capital improvement fund to $3.4 million on September 19, reports KOTA News. The increase in funding…
  • Mayor Allender Discusses Future of Barnett Arena with Rapid City Public

    The first public meeting to discuss the future of the Barnett Arena was recently held by Mayor Steve Allender, reports KOTA News. Two plans were…

Get Involved!

  • Need more information? Rapid City Public Library associates are standing by to answer your questions! Ask away in the box below during business hours for live feedback.

    For more on this feature, click here.

  • bhkn donate

    Enjoy our work? Donate today to ensure that community members will have access to our wealth of news, history, and data for years to come.

  • 211 logoDid this post inspire you to get involved? Visit our partner 211's Volunteer Database to find volunteer opportunities in your community.

525 University Loop, Suite 202
Rapid City, SD 57701
(605) 716-0058   info@blackhillsknowledgenetwork.org