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Rainfall nearly 4 inches above average this June

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After only nine days into June, the Sioux Falls region is already around four inches above normal rainfall for the month.

Monday, more rain fell on top of the more than five inches the area has seen over the past 10 days of wet weather.

When planting season first started, the soil was a bit dry out in the fields, but after more than a week of constant, heavy rain, farmers and their crops are ready for some sunshine.

“There's a lot of water sitting around now. We complained about not having enough and now we are having too much,” said Don Decker.

“You see a lot of water sitting in the field, and I think that's pretty much all over,” said Larry Faver.

All of the standing water could mean trouble if it sticks around too long.

“I just hope it dries quickly so the farmers don't have their fields drowning out, that's the big thing,” said Decker.

“Soybeans have issues with too much water, everything does. We do get some root damping off and other problems that can occur when there is too much water,” said Valley Springs farmer Kevin Scott.

But even with all of the water, farmers say its not something they’re worried about quite yet.

“We're not in trouble yet...another couple inches probably then we'll start worrying,” said Faver.

“Pooling water is a problem in the farms, but if it is removed within three days the plants will recover. If it’s longer than three days the plants will die and you will have a bare spot when it dries. But two or three days and the water gets moving and gone, we're in good shape,” said Scott.

A little sunshine this week will certainly help, but these farmers say they’d take too much rain over not enough any day.

“It's hard to say as a farmer that we have too much water, I mean water is necessary…we'd rather see a little bit of water pooled up rather than have everything dried up and gone,” said Scott.

The constant rainfall this week is also causing some problems for outdoor activities in the region.

“Our opening round was canceled because of bad weather...of course these guys come from all over...so its really hard to get it coordinated so this year its been such a challenge for everything you try to get out and do,” said Ken Munch.

But Monday’s rain wasn’t enough to stop his die hard golf league from finally getting out on the course.

“All these gentlemen inside here are getting ready to get out in about a half and hour and they'll all take carts,” said Decker.

“Once you get together, we've been delayed so many times, these guys are committed,” said Munch.

This golf course is also committed to making the best of a rainy day.

“We basically just have to mow where there is not water…we have been stuck already I know that,” said Faver.

The rain may bring a little extra work, but for these golfers, it’s well worth it.

“Its fun...if I’m not mowing I’m golfing,” said Faver.

South Dakota climatologist Dennis Todey says all of the recent rainfall is actually good news for soil in the region. The extra moisture is helping to overcome deficits seen in the early spring and last fall.

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