YANKTON, S.D. – South Dakota farmer, Karl Schenk says, “It’s frustrating. You get stressed about the stuff you can’t control. Weather is one of the things you can’t.”
It’s mid-May, well into what should be the planting season for corn and soybean farmers.
Historic march flooding and recent rains have prevented many from getting crops in the ground.
Schenk says, “The rains been really tough on us. If it keeps up then I don’t think we’ll be getting any more corn in this year and just hope that it’s a little bit drier for beans.”
This week provided drier skies and a chance for farmers to buckle down in the fields, but it wasn’t enough to finish the job.
South Dakota farmer, Zane Williams says, “We got about 50 acres of corn in which is about a quarter of normally what we plant of corn.”
Schenk says, “You know it was up at 6 am and working until midnight to 1 am and then up again the next morning to get it in.”
Beyond the soggy soil, disheveled gravel roads are another set back.
“We can’t get to them because of road conditions because the fields are too wet. So there’s a short term hay shortage right now and it probably will continue on until the next year,” said Williams.
For now, all that can be done is wait out the storms and hope for sunnier skies ahead, to keep drowning farmers afloat.
Williams says, “As a farmer I guess we always think there will be better days that’s mostly what we thrive on.”