June 21, 2019

Farmers Continue To Wait For Flooded Fields To Dry

Flooded corn fields like this one in Jackson County are a common sight throughout the state. - Brock Turner/WFIU-WTIU News

Flooded corn fields like this one in Jackson County are a common sight throughout the state.

Brock Turner/WFIU-WTIU News

Farmers are still trying to calculate their losses as the result of the wet planting season.

Many got crops in the ground late, and much of what farmers did plant got drowned by rain over the past week.

Brian Thompson farms over 3,000 acres of corn and soybeans across Jackson County with his son. He estimates up to 20% of his crops are damaged from the high water.

"My son Ben and I have been through the studying what we’ve got," he says. "We’re pretty sure that every single field has been impacted."

Thompson says he’ll need at least another week of dry weather before he can even enter the fields.

The USDA reported earlier this week that 15% of corn fields and one third of soybean fields remain unplanted.

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