SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Drought conditions in South Dakota have remained relatively stable over the past week.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of the state in some stage of drought, up slightly from 80 percent last week.

Pockets of extreme drought make up about 13 percent of the state, down from 15 percent. The worst areas are in central and western South Dakota.

There are still no areas of exceptional drought in the state, as there are in neighboring North Dakota.

Farmers and ranchers in several counties are eligible for aid due to disaster declarations in the Dakotas by the federal government.

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