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Warmer weather improves farm conditions in SD

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) -- Pastures are beginning to turn green following warm weather and sunshine in South Dakota.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that the spring-like conditions resulted in 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities included caring for livestock and preparing for spring planting.

Winter wheat conditions were rated 16 percent very poor, 35 percent poor, 43 percent fair, 6 percent good and 0 percent excellent.

Calving was 77 percent complete and lambing was 85 percent complete.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated as 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 57 percent good, and 7 percent excellent.