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Statewide meeting informs farmers about crops, cattle due to drought

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According to South Dakota State University's Extension office, 90% of South Dakota is experiencing some form of drought. Farmers are seeing this impact their crops more than ever.

Experts talked with farmers Monday night about what to do and how this will impact their harvest.

This time of year, corn should stand between 6-8 feet tall but in many fields in South Dakota that's not the case.

Farmer Bernard Stockwell and his family drove from Parker to attend Monday's meeting. He and the handful of other farmers are trying to learn more about managing their crops and cattle because of this drought.

"The more we know the better prepared we can be, the better off we are," Stockwell said.

Monday's meeting is bringing together a total of eight South Dakota locations on a video conference call. It's a chance for farmers and ranchers to get their questions answered. Experts in the field want farmers to make good decisions and look at the possible programs being offered.

For Stockwell, he raises beef cattle. He also farms corn and soybeans. He says the crops aren't looking too good because of the lack of rain.

"It's the driest I've ever seen it. I'm young enough when I don't remember a drought like this," Stockwell said.

And most crops in the state are looking dry and brown.

Stockwell says the more it doesn't rain, the more it will affect his livelihood and that can in turn affect the rest of us.

"When farmers hit tough times, it's going to affect everyone, maybe not right away but it will," Stockwell said.

And he hopes during this rough patch, we all stand by our farmers.

"Appreciate your farmers, that's why we have food to eat in our supermarkets," Stockwell said.

Stockwell mentioned if we get a good rain soon they might have a good soybean crop and corn will be at least fair.

At the meeting, experts talked about conditions improving in the fall.

If you missed Monday's meeting and you have questions, you can call your local extension office. You can also visit their website. A link is located above.

Aberdeen Regional Center 13 2nd Ave. SE, Aberdeen, SD 57401 605.626.2870

Lemmon Regional Center 408 8th St. W., Lemmon, SD 57638 605.374.4177

Mitchell Regional Center 821 North Capital Street, PO Box 610, Mitchell, SD 57301 605.995.7378

Pierre Regional Center 412 W. Missouri, Pierre, SD 57501 605.773.8120

Rapid City Regional Center 1530 Samco Road, Rapid City, SD 57702 605.394.1722

Sioux Falls Regional Center 2001 E. 8th St, Sioux Falls, SD 57103 605.782.3290

Watertown Regional Center 1910 West Kemp Ave., Watertown, SD 57201 605.882.5140

Winner Regional Center 325 S. Monroe St., PO Box 270, Winner, SD 57580 605.842.1267

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