SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO)– Drought is affecting all areas across KELOLAND. Here is a closer look at it’s impact.
These photos show the drought effects as seen in Northwest Mellette County by Joyce Glynn. These pictures were taken almost two weeks ago, but they haven’t had any rain since then.
In June, they saw a total of less than one inch of rain and it came over the period of six different nights, Glynn said. “It’s as dry as it can get here.”
July 12: These photos were taken in the same location on July 12. Since July 1st, Glynn said they had 3/4” of rain, but it’s come in such small increments that it hasn’t done any good at all, except maybe put a green tint to some of the weeds. Most of the dams are gone, and the ones that have any water left are dangerous for cattle to be around, due to them getting stuck in the mud. They have had to put an electric fence around dams as they get too low and before they dry up completely, to keep cattle out.
The drought is so widespread, and so many people are adding pipeline and water tanks for their livestock, that the wait time to get those contractors is getting longer than usual, Glynn said. They are already thinking they may have to sell their calves in September due to lack of grass, instead of the usual November sale, which will drastically reduce their income for the year.
This is what the conditions look like east of Eureka. This is some of Curtis Hoff’s pastures. He said they had one hayfield of 38 acres, which only produced seven hay bales.
Hoff says this is worse than in 1988 or 1989; hay is hard to buy and is priced too high for feeding the cattle.
Hoff’s four-generation operation is around 1,200 acres of grass with 178 cows. He said one good thing is that all the pastures are well-fed water.
These were some photos taken in May in central Meade county. According to Dallis Basel, the conditions have not gotten any better since these photos were taken.
Basel also says there are grasshoppers and that it is the earliest he remembers having this many grasshoppers. They took his first crop of alfalfa.
These photos were taken by Matt Hight from Mellette County and submitted by Joyce Glynn. They show dried up stock dams. Without the grass, just invasive weeds are taking over, Glynn said.
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