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Heavy rains cause flooding in SD fields

Heavy rains over the past week across eastern South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota have caused some farm fields to flood and has affected the crops.

“We had 10 to 11 inches total for the week on a lot of areas of the farm.”

Chet Edinger farms wheat, corn, soybeans and sunflowers in Aurora, Davison and Sanborn Counties in South Dakota. He says it’s too late to replant the fields that flooded.

“We had some of the water deep enough, just below the wheat heads on one field. We’re probably going to lose a third of the wheat on that field. We have some corn that was up and 12 to 15 inches tall, you couldn’t see the corn for about 40 acres in the other field.”

Edinger says about 20% of his farm’s acres will likely be lost due to the flooding and while it won’t be the crop farmers expected a week ago, there will still be a crop this year.

Meteorologist Matthew Dux with the National Weather Service in Sioux Falls tells Brownfield 10 to 12 counties in the southeast part of South Dakota has experienced rainfall the state hasn’t seen in the last 5 or 6 years and it will take time for flooded areas to recover.

“It’s going to take most of this next week to get us back into a more manageable situation.”

Dux says flooding will intensify in the Big Sioux, James and Vermillion Rivers in southeast South Dakota today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday).

Over the weekend, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed an emergency declaration for storms and flooding across the state.

Photo credit: Chet Edinger

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