Flooded Farms Off to Slow Start
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VALDERS-- Ducks and geese are calling flooded farm fields near Valders home. The fields look more like ponds than a place to plant corn and alfalfa.
But even as Mike Propson looks at all that water, he insists it’s too soon to worry.
"It’s wet, no doubt about it it's going to slow it down but it's April yet, if we get some dry weather I think the guys should be O.K. yet," Propson said.
Badger Pride Dairy owner Matthew Berge says if this is the worst of the flooding, it won't have an impact. But if the fields look like this in a month, that's another story.
"Prices would probably stay a little higher with the commodities corn soybeans because of delayed planting and that certainly would affect us and affect our bottom line," Berge said.
Propson says most of the crops were planted in early may last year. Now, about 40% percent of his 160 acres are flooded.
"This year it will be late part of May beginning of June maybe," he said.
Companies that supply farms with fertilizer and feed say they are keeping a close eye on the weather as well. Industry experts say if the wet weather continues it could negatively affect those business' bottom lines.