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Report shows South Dakota crops feeling effects of drought

SIOUX FALLS (AP) — The latest crop production report from the federal Agriculture Department indicates drought is hampering crop production in South Dakota.

The state's winter wheat crop is forecast at 24.7 million bushels, down 61 percent from last year. The spring wheat crop is projected to be down 36 percent, to 30.1 million bushels.

The soybean crop is forecast to be down 14 percent to 220 million bushels, and the corn crop down 19 percent to 672 million bushels.

Other projected drops are sorghum, down 10 percent, alfalfa hay, down 13 percent and oats, down 30 percent.