Northeast Missouri flooding impacts farmers

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The flooding and overall wet fall is taking a toll on area farmers, after what’s already been a roller coaster growing season.

“If it wasn’t for our levees the water would be about the top of the corn right now,” Brent Hoerr said a levee is all that stands between flood waters and his crops in the Marion County Drainage District, “high water isn’t a new thing but a lot of times flooding in the fall is particularly devastating because the crops and all your costs have been put in for the year.”

His combine Wednesday— silent. Usually this time of year he’s out in the field, but the rain is keeping most area farmers out of the field, and it’s bad for the crops

“Bean fields especially, the dirt will get on the pods and the stocks and when the water goes down it’ll just leave them really dirty,” said Hoerr, “and corn, if your get water in the corn the stocks are dry and if you have flowing water through them, if a tree or something goes through the field it’ll knock stocks down and provide a lot of dirt, that could damage the combine when you’re shelling the corn.”

“That excess water will cause the grain to start sprouting so it just lowers the quality,” added Hoerr stressing how important it is to get the beans out quickly.

For now, it’s hard to tell when things will be back on track.

“It’ll be awhile before these fields in the bottom will see any activity,” said Hoerr.

Frank Healy

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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