Farmers planting ahead of severe weather

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BROOKINGS COUNTY, SD The sun has shined the past few days, but things are quickly changing.
Farmers like Aaron Bowne tried to get as much planted as possible before rain comes into the area.
He farms in the northeast part of South Dakota near Aurora, and got some help from his family to get the job done. He says if the weather remained warm like it has been for the past few days, he could finish taking care of corn, and get started on soy beans; however, an already high water table leaves him with another tough decision to make

"If it rains, [we will] probably have to change our plans on what we want to do on some of our ground that's still too wet," Bowne said.

This comes after an already tough few months where above normal precipitation has soaked up the ground for everybody.

"It's been a very tough spring for everybody. With calving it's been wet, rainy, [and] cold. I think everybody is trying to go as hard as they can before the rain,” he added.
As Bowne was planting his seeds, he had to avoid a part of his land that had about 26 acres of land underneath water. Depending on the grain market, $10-$15,000 literally could be washed away. Crop insurance will help alleviate some of the blow, but Bowne is like many other farmers trying to catch a break during a tough spring season.