Flooding in South Threatens Planted Acres

March 14, 2016 05:00 AM
Flooding in South Threatens Planted Acres

The South is getting hit with a massive amount of rain this week. In some cases, it’s been measured in feet, not inches.

Flood watches and warnings are posted from Southern Illinois to East Texas.

We talked with farmers who are trying to save their farms and herds from the quickly rising water.

Farmers in from Texas to Louisiana are dealing with these historic flood waters. The National Weather Service in Shreveport, La., is calling this a ‘historic flash flooding event.’

Cow-calf producer Marty Wooldridge in Oil City, La., says he’s received 12 to 19 inches of water. He has more than 300 head of cattle. He’s now locating cattle from the riverbottom and moving them to higher ground. He says luckily, his bins are full with custom made-feed.

“We have guys on horseback pushing them to high ground. We have some high places. We’ve never seen this much water come down. Visiting with friends and neighbors in their 70s and 80s, they’ve never seen anything like this,” Wooldridge said.

Row crop farmers in that area have some seed in the ground. One farmer told me there wasn’t much emerged corn. It will be interesting to see how much, if any, survives.

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Spell Check

Barrington, IL
3/14/2016 05:43 PM

  Corn beginning planting dates AL. Mar 5th AR Apr 3 GA Mar 1 LA Mar 10th\MS Mar 27 Add 30 days to each date. Time to replant and plant

Old S.W. Mn. Farmer
Worthington, MN
3/14/2016 11:31 AM

  Once again we hear from Chicken Little,The SKY is Falling--The Sky is Falling. A lot of 80 yr. old men/farmers do well to remember what they had for lunch the day before,let alone 70 yrs. ago,plus 70-80 yrs. is a relativly short time in regards to TIME it's self!! I remember reading about the time long-long ago that it rained for 40 days and 40 nights,it stopped,the water receded and all was good again,and the earth prospered and the plants grew!! Its March guys, lots of time to replant those low acres,I never saw a critter that didn't go to high ground if available when flooding either!! Why is it all doom and gloom with every adverse weather scenario,same hype in 2015 all over the country,in thee end record crop production.,great for live stock producers,this will now enable them to expand their herds and ruin their returns like the grain producer has done,gets back to the boss sow at the feed trough,no worry tho, the farmer has let the animal rights folks dictate how they raise their live stock.

Old S.W. MN. Farmer
Worthington, MN
3/14/2016 12:01 PM

  Just seen what Pro Farmer says, strong week for grain and livestock so checked cash grain prices as have some grain to move yet,yes its up,corn, 3-2 cents for a whopping $3.21 cash bid,was 3.34 last fall at harvest,whatever Gulke and the rest of you are on please share with the rest of us so we too can be in La-La Land.


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