FOX47 NEWS - Farmers Survey Post-Flood Corn Crop

Jeff Angileri
Aug 3, 2008, 6:02 PM

Cool temperatures in May, record flooding in June, dry conditions in July--this year's growing season was brutal for farmers in southern Wisconsin. Now harvest season is approaching.

Every year presents a new challenge, said Farmer Brad Grundahl. This one's definitely a challenge.

The Grundahl family farm straddles the Iowa-Dane county border. Torrential rains poured down on this hilly landscape in June, damaging acres and acres of crops. This year, geography determined which ones survived.

The crop you're looking at right here is on high ground and that did make a difference, said Grundahl. Our low grounds were impacted quite heavily. I suspect we'll lose 70 percent of that. Maybe more.

Fast moving rain water washed off the hillside, eroding the soil in places. Farmers here expect the harvest to come in mid to late October. That's three weeks late.

And in this economy, farmers say every stalk counts. Even with corn selling at $5 to $7 a bushel, production costs are up. Fuel, fertilizers, and chemicals have more than doubled in one year.

It was a tough year, said Chris Frye, of Hollandale

A local flea market is void of anthing agricultural, save for a watering can.

Master gardener Luther Johnson, said I lost a lot of onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and that's down in the valley.

The crops went in late, so everything's pretty stunted. The corn is waist high, and tasseled out, already, said Frye.

According to the USDA, in 2007, Iowa and Dane counties alone produced more than 34 million bushels of corn.

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