April Rain Could Spell Disaster For Farmers

By NIck Perreault

April 27, 2011 Updated Apr 27, 2011 at 10:22 PM CDT

In the beginning weeks of April, the soil appeared to be moist and near perfect for growing season for farmers around the area. Then the rain came, a lot of it.

"The soil structure right now is just saturated and so wet that it has to get air to breath or to grow," said Owner Hensel RVF Feed, Bill Hensel.

Bill Hensel who plants seed corn in Princeville says that the lack of oxygen due to the heavy rain, could force farmers to replant the seeds they have already put into the ground.

Hensel says that heavy rainfall would only put him back about a day or two, but for other farmers heavy rainfall could mean a huge setback

"I'm about as nervous as a long tailed tom-cat in a room full of mouse traps right now," said Dunlap Farmer, Bill Menold.

Menold viewed the early April conditions as the perfect time to plant. He decided to plant his entire 400 acres with seed corn. He says that if his fields receive another few inches of rain in consecutive days, it would put him back a month, but Menold says there is nothing he can do.

"That's the main thing I worry about, if that seed is sprouted, if that seed lays there too long and doesn't sprout, that's going to be a problem," Menold said.

But there is good news for both farmers,the seeds that have been planted thus far have sprouted and showing signs of strong healthy growth.

Both are hoping for high winds and sunshine, which would help speed up the growing process.

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