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Warmer temperatures help S. Dakota farmers

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Warmer weather across South Dakota helped farmers make good progress on their crops last week.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Winter wheat conditions were rated 28 percent very poor, 33 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 5 percent good and 0 percent excellent.

Calving was 90 percent complete and lambing was 91 percent complete.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.