The Parkston area received more than five inches of rain in the past 48 hours.
Parts of some farm land became so saturated it turned into wet land. That might seem harmful to crops, but farmers say the wet weather is appreciated.
So much rain fell on Parkston that it turned parts of some fields into lakes. It made for a little summertime fun for some, and provided some much needed relief for farmers.
Teenage farmer Andrew Roth said "corn is going to tassel shortly and for the month of June we only had 3-1/2 inches of rain here so we're pretty short. there's not much ground moisture so all the more better."
It's almost hard to believe, looking at these green stalks and wet fields that for some farmers, crops were nearly at the point of no return.
"A few days ago, corn started to shrivel up. You could see the ears shriveling up. They were turning darker, paler colors. It wasn't looking very good," Roth said.
But Roth said it helps to be optimistic. "Got to. That's the only way you can do it. You just got to hope for the best and takes what comes at you," Roth said.
What came Sunday was a gift from mother nature. Andrew said the skies dumped nearly 5-1/2 inches of rain on the farm.
And looking at the fields today, you can see they did survive last years drought.
"We had a couple fields zeroed out for crop insurance there was nothing there. We just cut it for silage. There was no corn. Otherwise we made it through it," Roth said.
And these crops prove what a difference a year makes. Sunday's gray skies have cleared up and now have farmers putting on a happy face.
"It's wonderful. It's a good scenery change. We had brown all summer last year. A lot of last winter we had a lot of brown. It's wonderful to see green. Everything's nice and looks good," Roth said.
Farmers in Parkston were happy to see the rain on Sunday but Andrew tells us he also would like to see Congress pass a new farm bill.
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