Farmers Worried About Flooding

STATELINE (WIFR) – It seems the rain just won’t end across the Stateline and that has caused quite a bit of flooding. We’re learning that all this rain could start to impact farmers.

The rain is welcomed by farmers, especially after last year’s devastating drought. Unfortunately, too much rain could start to damage crops.

The delayed start in planting season has most fields a few weeks behind and now days of heavy rains are washing out some of that crop, while leaving other areas under water. It’s the standing water that can really cause the most significant damage in the fields.

“We could see some flooding in those lower river bottoms. Corn, as long as it is not in standing water should be fine. We may see a little bit more damage to soy beans because they are a smaller plant and more at risk from standing water,” said Farm Bureau Manager, Ann Marie Cain

Farmers say wet fields could also delay them getting out to spray insecticides and could potentially cause crop loss later this summer.

While the flooding we’re seeing now is short term flash flooding, all of this water has to run off somewhere and that is into the Stateline’s larger rivers. So it’s possible we could see more significant river flooding by the end of the weekend.


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