Rain, Rain Go Away

By Jeff Muniz

July 15, 2010 Updated Jun 10, 2008 at 6:38 AM CDT

Rain, rain, go away. That's what most of us are saying these days, including local farmers.

News 25's Jeff Muniz shows us why a record was reached today due to the recent heavy rains.

It's a muddy mess that's too much for even farmer Blair Hoerbert to walk let alone his tractor to travel.

Last week's four-plus inches of rain sent his corn and soybeans swimming for survival.

He said, "We're looking at problems with replant, with doing herbicide applications, fertilizer applications, everything is stacking on top of each other and we're not able to get out in the field."

The wet weather created a slow-spring planting season and now a slow-summer replanting or spraying season.

In short, it's crunch time for the corn crop.

"If I can get corn in by the 15th, you know you have the chance to make it before the frost."

"We lose yield potential and we may be looking at nothing near a normal crop. At this time of year if you have to replant, you'll maybe get half a crop."

The farther south you go, the soggier the situation gets. A field south of Lincoln looks like a lake and that's leaving some farmers ready to call it a loss.

That would be a huge miss as many other parts of the Midwest are flooded even worse and corn prices responded by reaching record levels of more than $7 a bushel.

"You hate to see someone else suffer for others to profit."

Blair Hoerbert says it will take a week of dry weather for his fortunes to turn. Now, he's hoping there's some silver lining in the rain clouds that keep costing him money.

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