According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, coordinated out of the University of Nebraska, 72 percent of South Dakota was still in moderate, severe or extreme drought last week. In early July--the height of the drought--nearly 80 percent of the state was affected.

A large part of eastern Montana is in drought, and 87 percent of North Dakota is also in some stage of drought.

The drought is affecting winter wheat, corn, soybean and sunflower crops. The USDA reports that South Dakota is running a big negative--leading the main-producing states in having ratings of very poor to poor for corn, soybeans and sorghum.