Discussions about the tough 2019 were discussed in the hallways of the National Farmers Union Convention. “South Dakota farmers got hit with snow in early October and it stayed. It didn’t go away. Now, we’re getting hit with nicer weather, but when we get severe weather like three to four inches of rain, that’s a big deal,” said Doug Sombke, president of the South Dakota Farmers Union. “Everyone understands how bad it was in South Dakota and North Dakota for prevent plant acres last year. We had 4.1 million acres of prevent plant in the state.” North Dakota Farmers Union President Mark Watne said the concern is in North Dakota, too. “The Missouri River had flooding last year. We also know farmers can’t get done with harvest in parts of the state due to the snow. It has to melt more before things can get done,” said Watne. “It’s time farmers figure out how to help the climate change situation and get paid for doing additional work. We want farmers doing conservation, not just because it’s a good thing, but it is also in the interest of the bottom line.”
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