Farmers in KELOLAND desperate for drier weather

Agriculture

CORSON, S.D. (KELO) — Excessive rain has hit KELOLAND farmers hard this year.

To make matters worse, Monday’s heavy rainfall has made fields even wetter.

Jarrod Johnson farms near Corson. He says the rain has created a lot of problems on his farm.

“It’s been very difficult to get cattle to grass, livestock to market, grain to market, grain in,” Johnson said.

 This field behind me is one of Johnson’s fields that has been flooded by the recent rain. He says this is one of the wettest years he’s had to deal with.

“Our family has been here since 1874 like many others. ’93 was a bad year. This definitely ranks up there,” Johnson said 

It’s a similar story for farmer and president of the South Dakota Cattle Association Steve Ollerich.

“It’s tough on the livestock. You get calves in muddy areas that normally aren’t’ muddy,” Ollerich said

Both men say there’s not a lot farmers can do right now.

“You look out and you made all these plans for the whole year and now you can’t do anything about it,” Ollerich said.

“There’s nothing you can do. You just wait it out,” Johnson said.

Ollerich says the best thing a farmer can do is talk to someone.

“A farmer will keep a lot of things pent up inside of him and it’s not good. They got to get out and talk to other farmers, talk to their spouse, talk to anybody that will listen,” Ollerich said.

The Farmers’ Stress Hotline is a free and confidential service through Avera Behavioral Health. The number is 1-800-691-4336.

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