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Many South Dakotans are dealing with flood issues following recent blizzards and record-breaking rain.

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SDSU Extension resources to prepare for and recover from flooding are listed below. Additional information is also available from the Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA , US Department of Agriculture, SD Department of Public Safety, National Weather Service, Environmental Protection AgencyCenters for Disease Control and Prevention and the South Dakota Department of Health.

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Black cow and calf out on muddy pasture with hay and straw bedding. Photo by Sara Bauder.

Planning for a Muddy Breeding Season

Early calving spring cow herds have wrapped up calving and are preparing for breeding season. If you are having flashbacks to breeding in the mud of 2018, try approaching this year with an open mind and review breeding season protocols with a “mud” backup plan.

Dutch Dakota Dairy at Lake Preston South Dakota is inundated with snow after a recent blizzard that has made farm facility access very difficult due to extreme snow depth. Courtesy: Truus Schukking

Available Disaster Resources Given Recent Weather Events

Given the recent havoc endured by producers in the upper mid-west by the spring blizzard or even prior flooding we are aware that many producers have incurred losses. There are several programs available through the Farm Service Agency (FSA) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service to help provide assistance.

bare field in spring waiting to be planted

Planting Considerations for a Late Spring

Farm fields in some areas are unusually wet this year with many low areas under water. These conditions will make planting a challenge for farmers this year.

SD Mesonet Reports on Soil Moisture Levels as Profile Thaws & Flood Waters Recede

April 09, 2019

As northeast South Dakota fills sandbags and the southeast puts them away, many are using South Dakota Mesonet’s network of 28 locally-supported weather stations to monitor their local soil moisture profile.

Corn, Wheat, Soybean, Field Pea, Flax, Oats, Oilseed, Pulse Crops, Sorghum, Sunflower, Crop Management, Range, Soil Health, Flood

road closed sign in front of a flooded road

Floods Continue With a Wet Outlook

As April unfolds, major flooding continues along the Eastern rivers. The James River is at crest in Brown county the first week of April and will slowly recede while maintaining flood level for much of April.

Rain shower over a field with several hay bales throughout. Courtesy: Krista Lundgren, USFWS

Fire Hazard in Wet Bales

Baled stored hay can get wet during spring as a result of melting snow or rainwater. These bales are also more susceptible to heating as they constitute and ideal substrate for microorganisms.

hay bales lined up in a spring field

Resources to Explore Options When Feed is Short

April 02, 2019

SDSU Extension offers resources to help producers find and evaluate feedstuffs to help meet their livestock’s needs.

Beef Cattle, Forage, Animal Health, Flood, Range

hay bales lined up in a spring field

Resources to Explore Options When Feed is Short

The winter of 2018-2019 has certainly dealt livestock producers in the Northern Plains more than a couple curve balls. SDSU Extension offers resources to help producers find and evaluate feedstuffs to help meet their livestock’s needs.

family having dinner together

SDSU Extension Supports Farmers & Ranchers During Stressful Time

April 01, 2019

SDSU Extension invites South Dakota’s farm and ranch families as well as agri-business professionals and service providers who work with them, to attend programming uniquely designed to provide healthy, stress management strategies as well as support strategies when dealing with the impacts of chronic stress or working with those suffering from chronic stress.

Farm Stress, Flood

herd of mixed cattle on a muddy mound in a feedlot

Mud and Lameness in Beef Cattle

Melting snow and spring rains produce conditions that can increase lameness in beef cattle. Mud is among the predisposing causes for cattle lameness.