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The new version of the U.S. Drought Monitor Map released Thursday morning shows much of eastern South Dakota has emerged from drought conditions.

Overall, 32.28 percent of the state is drought-free. That's the most since last June.

The drought-free areas of the state are mostly east of the Missouri River. Most of the West River region is still suffering at least moderate drought conditions. The map's drought rankings, in order of severity from least to most, are abnormally dry, moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional. None of the state is in exceptional drought, and less than 1 percent is in extreme drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.