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Farmers delayed from planting by floods and rain



From one extreme to another, mother nature has dealt some significant blows in the last year, and Tri-State farmers were some of the hardest hit.  From a drought to flooded farmland Monday, farmers could have another difficult season ahead.

Many fields in Marion County were flooded with heavy rains and the Mississippi River.  Wet soil could pose a problem for farmers trying to plant especially if there's more rain on the way. 

Brent Hoerr farms about 850 acres in the Mississippi River bottoms and says about a third of it was completely underwater. He said the problem wasn't just the rising rivers, but the flash flooding from heavy rain.  Despite the levees protecting his farmland Hoerr says there's still plenty of things to worry about. 
"If it dries out and the snow melts in the next couple weeks and we have rain clouds to our West and the river is starting to go down, but we're not out of the woods yet," he said. 
But Hoerr isn't panicking either.  Right now the best thing he can do is monitor what's happening in his fields. 
"Once things dry out we can go but right now we're just waiting. As time goes on we'll have to adjust if we have to but I'm not changing my plans yet," Hoerr said. 
Marion County Farm Bureau President Ralph Griesbaum says it's too soon for farmers to worry and ask for assistance.  Right now he said every farmer is fighting time.  
"A lot of times we're wrapping up corn planting at this time. So like I said the next two weeks are crucial for the corn crop as far as getting it in," Griesbaum said.

Griesbaum said another problem for farmers is debris like this laying around in fields.  He said all farmers will have to go through their land and clean up everything before they start planting, which could take up to a day and a half. 


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