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Protect Inputs From Potential Flooding

Protect Inputs From Potential Flooding
Basic precautions should be taken now as snowmelt begins.

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture encourages farmers and ag retailers to take some basic precautions to protect fertilizers, pesticides, seed, and feed from flooding. It suggests the following steps:

For bulk Liquid Fertilizer and Pesticides:

Accelerate or postpone shipments

Lock and protect valves

Close and lock site gauge valves on bulk fertilizer storage tanks

Secure empty storage tanks to prevent movement or damage by flood waters

Prominently display firm manager's name and telephone number on all tanks

For build dry fertilizer.

Construct barriers at flood water entrances to prevent water from entering bins

Delay shipments or temporarily move product to higher ground

For feed

Delay shipments or receipt of drugs and feeds

Move manufactured feed out of flood-prone areas

Store drugs for animal feed off the ground and out of flood-prone areas

For seed:

Dike or sandbag bins

Store seed off the ground and out of flood-prone areas

Consider keeping a copy of the labeling and an unopened seed container for each lot; which may preserve evidence in case of performance problems with the seed

For small packaged pesticide containers:

Postpone incoming shipments

Move products to an area protected from flood waters and away from drains

Keep containers off the floor and secured

Move grain fumigants out of flood-prone areas

For anhydrous ammonia:

Have a plan to move product out and ship to terminal or other storage facility

Move nurse tanks and other ammonia equipment out of flood-prone areas

Secure storage tanks to prevent movement or damage by flood waters

Drain lines and remove pumps and other system components

Lock and protect tank valves

Turn off power to ammonia system when unattended

Prominently display firm manager's name and telephone number on all tanks

Source: SDDA

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