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Farmers Suffer From Flood


Earlier this summer he was concerned about the lack of moisture, but this time the concern is obviously quite different.

Jamie Rauch says his problems aren't as bad as those of neighboring farms, but just in the field on Route 618, his crops, including corn crops, were literally drowned by this weekend's high waters.

"The floodwaters left about 4 o-clock Monday morning," Rauch said. "By 11 o-clock we pulled back the ears and they had already started to ferment."

But it wasn't just the heavy rains, it was the mud they left behind.

"There's where the mud is so bad,” Rauch said as he showed us a damaged ear of corn. "All that has to do is harvest it and half that mud will be mixed up with our corn."

Ironic as it sounds to the rest of us, one thing that actually might help these farmers right now is a little bit of rain.

"It might not help the other flood victims," Rauch says, "but it would help us and our neighbors with mud on their crops to get rid of that mud, but we don't want any more rain, not now."

The U.S. Agriculture Department says that another problem for local crops could be contamination. John Hall of the USDA says all farmers should have their crops tested before they're used for livestock feed.


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