Farmers Dealing With Mother Nature’s Wrath

STORY COUNTY, Iowa – The wicked weather caused chaos on farms across the state leaving crops damaged from high winds and heavy rain.

“Mother Nature always has a way of setting farmers straight to let us know she`s in charge,” says Story County Farmer Mark Kenny.

Kenny farms 2,800 acres of corn, soybeans and oats.  He says two weeks ago his fields were looking great.

Unfortunately, Mother Nature changed her mind.

“The rains came and they came in overabundance. We needed some rain, we didn’t need as much as we got, but we got it so we`ve got to deal with it, and come to the realization that we`re not going to harvest every acre this year and will have some challenges to work through,” says Kenny.

This month Kenny’s fields saw four times the amount of rain normal for the month, around twelve inches.

Across the state farmers are seeing similar numbers.

June’s average rainfall totals came in at 9.61 inches that’s the third highest on record for the month of June and less than an inch behind the rainfall totals we saw in July during the floods of 1993.

“I think we have some pockets in almost all the state that has had too much, and then we have some pockets throughout the state that looks pretty good,” says Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

Northey says overall Iowa’s crops still have a positive outlook.

“For an individual farmer or for an area it can be unusual but for the state in general it`s not too unusual,” says Northey.

Kenny wishes acres of his crops weren’t three feet under but still has hope for the rest of the season. He knows just like other farmers he can’t control the weather.

“We always need rain but no too much , we never need wind and we got a lot of that. In a perfect world we would have an inch of rain every week and sunshine the other days and no wind but of course it`s not a perfect world,” says Kenny.

Kenny says there were 50-60 m.p.h. winds near his farm which flattened some of his corn crop. Luckily, some of those crops will be able to bounce back.

However, the water-logged part of his fields are a loss, and it’s too late in the season to replant.