South Dakota farmers recieve support through new Avera Health program

SOUTH DAKOTA – Whether it was in the spring, summer or both, many farmers around the state have had to face the consequences of the devastating flooding and heavy rain.

“We’ve been battling some mud and really wetter conditions. This year it accumulated to this spring, anyhow, where we only had about 35% of our crop planted,” said farmer Reid Jensen, who is no stranger to the impact of the wet seasons we have had.

He went on to say, that being able to get out and harvest his soybeans feels like a blessing.

Jensen explained being able to just park his truck and other equipment in the field without getting stuck in the mud was a “treat”. ” We haven’t had that for a couple years so it’s really a treat to be able to just come out and combine without having that added stress.”

But with the change of season comes a change of challenges.

With the first snowfall of the year today, the window for farmers to harvest their fall crops just got smaller.

“. . . we’ve been hoping that we don’t get a real hard freeze. That would really be a challenge if you had to deal with that,” said Jensen.

Jensen said because he was only able to get 35% of his crop planted, it won’t take him as long to harvest.

But for others, this snowfall could be detrimental.

Jensen explained, “especially soybeans. Soybeans can’t take a lot of snow. They’ll go down or bend over. Corn can stand the snow a little bit better. Then the other issue is livestock you know if you have cattle out in the pastures yet or even in feed yards. That’ll be a really big challenge for those ranchers and feedlot guys.”

Losing a harvest due to inclement weather can be one more stressor for our farmers and ranchers after an already hard year.

That’s where Avera Health Farmers and Rural Stress Hotline is available to assist those in need.

“Don’t try to go through it alone. I mean there’s places you can get help if you need… If the stress gets to you,” said Jensen.

To connect with a skilled, compassionate mental health professional call 1-800-691-4336 or text “sdfarm” to 898211.


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