How Farmers Prepare for Ida’s Leftovers


UNION, WV (WVNS) – Whenever there is a risk of heavy rains or bad weather, farmers make sure to take every precaution, especially when it comes to handling leftovers. ‘Ida.

Heavy rains, flash floods, and flooding rivers are all things people worry about when extreme weather conditions loom. For many farmers in southern West Virginia, the extreme weather conditions mean paying special attention to their livestock. The main thing they focus on is the effect the rain will have on the soil surface.

Don Dransfield, of the Monroe County WVU Extension Service, said the drought the area was experiencing gave him hope that the river runoff might not be as severe.

“Look at the rivers – look at the Greenbrier River, look at the New River – you can see the water levels are dropping from where they would be, especially in the spring,” said Dransfield, who also works with 4-H youth. development.

When it comes to livestock, Dransfield said most animals can reach higher grounds, but it’s always a good idea to put your animals in a barn or shelter away from water and make sure that they are safe.

“If you have cattle confined anywhere near streams that tend to rise when the water starts to rise, with Ida’s arrival the perfect scenario for the water to rise for at least a brief moment. “said Dransfield.

Several of the farmers we spoke with said not only that they were prepared for the rain, but also welcomed it.

“A good hurricane is a drought breaker, and we called for those hurricanes a couple of weeks ago, before the fair, and we’ve had two now. That’s what the doctor orders in a drought, ”Dransfield said.

Besides livestock, houses and barns are another thing to keep in mind if inclement weather is coming.

“I would be more concerned with a rain like this, that water levels could damage homes,” Dransfield said.

Dransfield said he hopes the humidity turns to October or November grass for farmers.

“Sit back and hopefully enjoy a nice and easy rainy event, and get some more moisture in our soil.”

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