Facing Flooding Threat, Farmers Rush Grain to Safety

December 30, 2015 12:08 PM

Farmers across the country are dealing with wacky weather this December.

Right now, grain farmers from Illinois to Missouri are facing flooding like they haven’t seen since 1993. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the river levels will likely reach all-time highs in Cape Girardeau, Mo., and Thebes, Ill. For many farmers in the area, that means moving significant amounts of stored grain from bins to elevators on higher ground.

Drone footage of the flooding in Onarga, Ill.

Neil Heins farms about 4,000 acres with his brothers near Rockwood, Ill. He says they have been moving grain since Saturday because they don’t have flood insurance to cover the damage that could happen if the river continues to rise.


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Posted by Lynn Hambleton Heins on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

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Posted by Lynn Hambleton Heins on Tuesday, December 29, 2015


Heins says although his grain was contracted to Bungee, he had to take it to ADM and FS because they were the only ones with available storage. He says other farmers in the area appear to be moving their grain as well, as evidenced by long lines at elevators. Danny Brewer has been hauling grain for several farmers in the area.

Eric Doza, who has a self-proclaimed love/hate relationship with riverbottom ground, says the elevator in his area is having a hard time handling the volume.

He too has been hauling grain for a few days.

Many growers are moving their grain just in case the flood zone spreads. “If the grain stays here and gets completely damaged we could lose the farm,” Heinz says. “That’s not worth it.”

Are you dealing with the threat of flooding and moving stored grain in your area? Post your comments below and send your photos to editors@agweb.com

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