The recent flooding in southeastern portions of South Dakota, in addition to lower than average temperatures and an already wetter than usual growing season has had a negative impact on corn and soybean fields.

Alvaro Garcia, SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director, tells us,

A few days back we were dealing with waterlogged conditions, the recent rains have resulted in outright flooding of fields. Although flooding impacts livestock, crops are likely going to take a larger hit. Corn and soybeans can likely be damaged or lost as a result of water saturation of the soil.

For livestock producers, there are issues to be concerned with with our current situation. The floods can easily cause any or all of the following conditions:

  • Contaminated food and water supplies
  • Standing, stagnant water
  • Mosquitoes
  • Livestock carcasses
  • Sharp objects transported or blown into pastures
  • Sick/diseased animals
  • Wild animals displaced by flood waters
  • Damaged barbed wire fences and gates
  • Weakened barns and other structures
  • Eroded and unstable creek beds

Flooding creates a stressful situation for cattle and as such their immune system can be challenged. Garcia added,

Considering this weather situation will not be over yet, a successful vaccination plan devised by a local veterinarian is a good strategy.