SD dairy farmers desperate for rain for feed
South Dakota dairy farmers are desperate for rain as they look toward feeding this fall.
Marv Post, board chairman of South Dakota Dairy Producers tells Brownfield the corn crop is very stressed.
“Especially as far as corn ears develop. You know, what percent of that corn sileage is going to be corn? We need that energy for the cattle.”
Post says farmers will be forced to chop extra acres for corn silage.
He says the drought has also greatly affected hay harvest, “We like to have four cuttings here if it’s not under irrigation. A lot of this hay ground, especially alfalfa, did not come back on the second cut.”
Post says his farm in east central South Dakota did get an inch of rain over the weekend and corn perked up a little but he says a lot more is needed.