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Ranchers Enjoying the Rain

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After a record setting rain that lasted nearly 4 days the sun is finally shining and many farmers and ranchers are smiling.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin takes you out to the green pastures near Tappen.

The sun is shining.
The grass is green.
And there's plenty of water to go around.
(Jon DeKrey / Rancher) "Saturday we did a lot of sorting before the rain. We just decided it was time to get them out and they were forecasting rain so sorted some pairs and headed them to pasture. It was a good feeling to get them over here and an even better feeling to see the grass growing."
More than 4 inches of rain fell at Jon DeKrey's ranch of south of Pettibone.
A rainy spell he says he can't remember since the late 90s.
DeKrey says before this shower--things were getting pretty dry.
(Jon DeKrey / Rancher) "When we had that real heavy wind it was just a dust cloud. We were at the point where we were kinda wondering what the pastures were going to do and whether we were going to have a hay crop this year." 
(Sarah Gustin / sgustin@kxnet.com) "DeKrey's isn't the only wet spot. There are plenty of new water holes like these spread throughout Kidder County."
(Penny Nester / Kidder Co. Extension Agent) "All the county from what we can tell got 3.5 inches of rain. Hopefully this will help boost our pasture land and get everything growing a little faster. We are about 2 weeks behind where we are normally at this time of year, so any moisture is good moisture for those cattle."
While the moisture is good for the grass it does make mud and puts planting on hold.
Both problems DeKrey says he'll gladly put up with the mess to have a hay crop this summer.
(Jon DeKrey / Rancher) "If you haven't got rain you are out of business. Our whole operation revolves around how much grass and hay you produce. As far as crop production, yeah it's going to delay it a little. The corn is going to delay it a little, and we were already a little late. But, if you don't get the rain there is not a whole lot of point of putting it in in the first place."

Nester says some areas in the northern part of the county received more than 6 inches of rain.

 

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