Rain and flooding causing delays for local farmers

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TURNER COUNTY, S.D. (KELO) — As rain keeps falling in KELOLAND, time keeps ticking away for farmers anxious to get into their fields and start planting. 

A few more inches in certain areas, and some will run into too many delays. 

The relentless rain this spring is becoming a cruel joke for local farmers. 

Matt Holsen: Planting? When do you think you’ll be able to plant?
Brad Rops: I’ll be happy to drive to the field.

Rops lives southwest of Lennox. He works at the SDSU Southeast Research Farm down by Beresford and has his own 80 acres. 

“I think we’ve seen the worst of it. I know, I shouldn’t say I know we have but I mean it was bad. So now it’s just kind of waiting for things to improve so we can put roads and driveways back together again,” Rops said. 

Turner County Emergency Manager Brad Georgson says he’s never seen this much water. 

“No, and according to everybody of all ages, nobody’s seen anything like this,” Georgeson said. 

With several roads washed out and bridges closed, Georgeson says getting heavy equipment around is almost impossible at the moment. 

Brad Georgeson: It has just not been in our favor of even drying up.
Matt Holsen: Usually farmers like rain.
Brad Georgeson: Usually. Not this year.

Rops was hoping to plant corn and soybeans this year. He says while some farmers will have to think outside the box to get things done, others might not have a chance. 

“It’s possible. I guess we do what we can. We’re optimistic. You have to be,” Rops said. 

“Farmers are a resilient lot and I’m sure most of them will find a way to keep going,” Rops said. 

Rops says if we can string together a few weeks of nice weather, farmers will be in better shape. They’ll certainly needs roads to firm up.

We’ll take a closer look at that problem in Wednesday’s Eye On KELOLAND at 10.

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