South Dakota Gov. George Mickelson is asking churchgoers in the state to offer a special prayer for rain next month to break the drought that's parched much of the state since 1987.

"I think the focus of this is on the devastation that this situation has for the families that depend on moisture for livestock and crop production in this state," the governor said Friday.

Mickelson proclaimed Palm Sunday, March 19, as a special day of prayer for the farmers, ranchers, small business owners and others harmed by the dry spell.

Most South Dakota farm families survived the first full year of drought last year, but "a second year would be devastating," he said.