PIERRE, S.D. — South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed an executive order on Tuesday expanding access to hay East River for farmers and ranchers.
“Growing up on the family ranch, I know how difficult it can be to feed cattle during dry times,” Noem said. “This increased flexibility will allow producers to immediately gain access to hay for their livestock. With a mild winter and early spring, most of the pheasant hatch is well behind us, and we do not expect this move to affect pheasant numbers. Reports from the field look fantastic for the upcoming pheasant hunting season.”
The order allows ditch mowing east of the Missouri River to begin immediately.
A Department of Transportation rule typically prohibits mowing ditches East Rover until July 10 in order to provide cover for pheasant chicks.
Drought conditions present across 98% of the state negatively impact availability of hay for livestock.
The executive order is set to expire August 31, 2021.
The full text of Noem’s executive order is available by clicking here.