User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


-5° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

KELOLAND.com | Sioux Falls News & Weather, South Dakota News & Weather, Minnesota and Iowa News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Agriculture

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

From Floods To Drought In Far Northeast

July 5, 2012, 5:23 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

From Floods To Drought In Far Northeast
NEW EFFINGTON, SD -

The newest drought monitor released Thursday shows rain is needed throughout KELOLAND.

Conditions are considerably worse now, than just a week ago. The percentage of South Dakota in at least a moderate drought has doubled.

New Effington is one of the latest communities in the state listed in the drought category. That’s a big change from last year when people were sandbagging around the school and some were even evacuated because of excess rain.

Even with floodwater from the past still sitting in potholes, but the fields surrounding them can't go without moisture much longer.

"Yeah, they're getting worried. We get through this week without any rain, I'm afraid it's going to start going the other direction," resident Gary Ostby said.

Ostby lives near New Effington. He works at an elevator and farms a little. He has a sprinkler watering his lawn and wants the weather to do the same for crops in the area.

He can't complain about how corn and beans look now. The area received nearly four inches of rain in one shot this spring and that's helped.

"That's kept us going up until now. But now is the critical time when we're starting to look at tasseling corn. The beans are starting to bloom so we're in a critical stage right now," Ostby said.

Ostby expects yields to drop in his part of the state if moisture doesn't come soon. He figures the corn is using about a quarter inch of moisture daily with nowhere near that amount coming through rain.

"Just little showers pop through. But other than that, nothing," Ostby said.

Last year he couldn't even get down his driveway because of so much rain flooding it. This year he hopes at least some rain will come to get his part of the state off the ever growing list of dry places on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 Here is the latest drought monitor map.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View agriculture

You may also like

Auction Attendees Makes Bids On Buffalo

2/24/2015 5:17 PM

This isn't your typical auction.  You could go home with a buffalo.

Full Story
More South Dakota Cattle In Feed Lots Than A Year Ago

2/22/2015 12:30 PM

The U.S. Agriculture Department's National Agricultural Statistics Service says lots with capacities of 1,000 or more head contained 230,000 cattl...

Full Story
SD Corn Growers Association Re-Elects Its 3 Officers

2/22/2015 10:55 AM

Board members of the South Dakota Corn Growers Association have re-elected all three officers to serve for another year.

Full Story
South Dakota Farmers Deciding On Crop Coverage For Farm Bill

2/26/2015 6:13 AM

Farmers have until Friday to make some key decisions that will govern their operations for the next 5 years under the new farm bill.

Full Story
Monday Ag Markets

2/23/2015 1:10 PM

Here's a look at agriculture markets as of noon Monday:

Full Story


Events