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June 15, 2013

Recent rains impact area farmers

Farmers looking to replant soybeans, but not corn

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Kent Chism, who farms along the Howard and Cass county line, said the water is starting to leave the fields and the drainage ditches are full.

“We’ve had enough for a little bit,” he said of the rain. “We don’t want it totally shut off just yet.”

Chism said it will take another day or two for the fields to dry out enough to inspect the crops.

He said it was possible soybeans would be replanted.

“We’ll wait and see what it looks like,” Chism said. “We don’t want to throw in the towel. There will be some recovery.”

“The cooler weather of the past few days helped when the fields were covered with water, but warmer weather is now needed,” he said.

Larry Harper, who farms in eastern Tipton County, said it will be a few more days before the damage to the crops can be determined.

“The cooler weather will help,” he said. “We will lose some crops. We replant a little bit every year.”

Harper agreed it’s probably too late to replant corn and it would be a risk to do so at this point.

“Most of corn is a little taller and has a chance of surviving,” he said.

Harper said he spends money every year to improve drainage on the acreage he farms.

“North of (Ind.) 28 drains better than south of 28,” he said. “We were fortunate that the 4-inch rain missed the fields south of 28. There is still a lot of water standing in the fields.”

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