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Farmers Reacts To Heavy Rainfall

June 8, 2014, 10:07 PM by Leland Steva

Farmers Reacts To Heavy Rainfall

There is still evidence across southeastern KELOLAND of a storm that hit areas with heavy rainfall and even hail. The recent string of rain has been both bad and good for area farmers.

After a cold and dry spring, the fields Walt Bones' family has worked on since 1897 were in desperate need of water. The farmer got his wish.

"The last two weeks with the heat and the moisture that we've gotten they've recovered and rebounded remarkably," Walt Bones said.

Bones says the rain recently got his corn and soybean fields in great shape. The former South Dakota Ag Secretary estimates that in Minnehaha and Turner Counties, farmers would need at least 17 inches of rain over the summer for a healthy harvest. While the fields are happy now, Bones says there's still a long way to go.

"The crop is not made by any means. We're still going to need more moisture. We haven't banked a lot of moisture in the soil yet so our subsoils is fairly dry so we'll be good for another couple weeks, but as the plants get taller they start using more and more moisutre," Bones said.

The moisture is not always a good thing for producers. After the heavy rainfall that has hit areas with over 4 inches of rain in just a week, the fields are starting to collect standing water. Bones has a few fields dealing with that issue, and he says that could damage farmer's final product.

"There's got to be some oxygen in the soild and when the soil gets saturated with water the plants can't ulitize the nutrients that are there. If they're in water for too long it will actually kill the plants," Bones said.

With farmers that have dealt with more standing water than Bones, there's some bad news on the horizon, with more rain during the overnight hours.


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