With Thanksgiving  behind us, another ag year is wrapping up in South Dakota.  According to an Associated Press article in the Keloland.Com news, “the federal Agriculture Department says in its weekly crop report that the sunflower harvest is 89 percent complete, the sorghum harvest 90 percent done and the corn harvest 92 percent complete.”  You can read the entire article here:

One thing we’ve been talking about in this blog is the lack of water in South Dakota.  That’s also a part of this story.  The state is running at about half of what it needs for water.

Are you doing your part to keep South Dakota wet by not cutting into buried water mains and pipelines?

It’s all about that call to 811 – reaching out to South Dakota One Call to make certain that underground facilities are marked and flagged before you dig.  Go to our website and check out the legal requirements for landowners.   Do you own drain tile, irrigation lines, buried power or any other buried services that enter the public right of way? Did you know that it is a legal requirement to register those buried facilities with South Dakota 811?  It’s right here:

Planning to plant trees, install drain tile or culverts, loosen subsoil, or disturb the ground in any other way? Call 811 at least two working days before the planned work, or sooner if planning to work on a weekend or legal holiday, even on your own property.

If you think you know where a telephone cable, rural water line or pipeline is buried, call 811 anyway. Many of these services have been damaged by individuals who thought they knew where the line was buried, but were wrong. If you hire someone to do the work, a representative of that company must make the call. Depth of buried lines can vary greatly and in some cases may be very shallow due to erosion or previous dirt work.  While striking a buried water line during a drought is bad enough, hitting a buried gas line or electrical line can be deadly, so make the call and be safe.  There’s no need to harvest trouble when you should be harvesting crops.

Remember, it’s the holiday season.  The best gift you can give to your fellow South Dakotans – and yourself –  is to call 811 before you dig!

Until next week, safe digging!

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