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.


25° 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.
Significant Snowfall expected for KELOLAND. Click here for details. 

 

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

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Planting Season Coming Slowly

May 6, 2011, 10:01 PM by David Brown

Planting Season Coming Slowly
NEAR PARKER, SD - Friday's warmer weather was certainly a relief for local farmers. But, that doesn't mean they can begin planting quite yet. And the long winter has pushed some projects back by months.

Like any farmer, Jim Bones spends his day doing whatever he can to help his crops. But, in this case, driving around in his floater is something he should've done a while ago.

"We're spreading fertilizer on wheat that should've been done back in February," Bones said. "It's just been too wet to get after it. And we're just trying to do the best we can right now."

The cold and snow have also put a damper on his planting season. Bones says he's at least one week away from planting corn.

"It's just been long," Bones said. "It's cold, it's wet. The last 2.5 inches of rain really put us behind schedule right around Easter, so we're probably two weeks behind normal."

Bones says this past winter wasn't really anything too out of the ordinary. South Dakota farmers simply have to deal with this kind of weather every single year.

"It's just too wet and too sticky," Bones said. "You do more damage by working the ground wet than just having a little patience. So, we're hoping the weather will cooperate."

And while Friday's sunshine and wind will likely give way to more wet weather next week, Bones knows he's luckier than most.

"It could be a lot worse," Bones said. "We're fortunate to be able to do something here. There's a lot of people up north where it's just been too wet and some are underwater. So, we're pretty fortunate."

Bones says most of his neighbors have yet to do any planting as well. He says if you try and work around the mud, you could end up doing even more damage to your crops.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

You may also like

Police Identify Two Suspects In Sioux Falls Shooting

1/30/2015 10:55 AM

Police are searching for 17-year-old Conner Hanson and 19-year-old Robert Montes. Hanson and Montes are reported to be dangerous and should not be app...

Full Story
Police Searching For Two Suspects In Shooting

1/30/2015 12:09 AM

Sioux Falls Police are investigating a Thursday night shooting that occurred near the Empire Mall. 

Full Story
Shooting Suspects Arrested In Minnesota

1/30/2015 8:16 PM

Conner Hanson and Robert Montes have been arrested in Marshall, Minnesota in connection with the Thursday night shooting in Sioux Falls.

Full Story
Man Rescued From Big Stone Lake After Falling Through Ice

1/29/2015 5:30 PM

Officials are urging caution on the ice as warmer temperatures lead to changing ice conditions across the region.

Full Story | Watch
1 Dead After ATV Goes Through Ice On Perkins Co. Lake

1/25/2015 8:08 AM

A Newcastle, Wyoming man died after an ATV broke through the ice on a lake in northern Perkins County in South Dakota.

Full Story


Events