Kentucky farmers dealing with flooded crops – Video


“The flooding is affecting crops including soy beans, wheat and corn in cities along rivers all the way to the Tennessee border,” says this report out of Eddyville, KY. “We’ve had a lot of rain, and it’s now flooding rivers and damaging crops across the area.”

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About 50 acres of soy bean crops in Livingston County now looks more like a river than a crop.

It could be weeks before the soy beans can be re-planted, said Roger Boyd, an area farmer and crop adviser for Parish and Hooks Farms.

At the Livingston County Farm Service Agency, Nina Hunt gets crop reports from farmers each year telling her which crops they have growing and where.

“We’ve had a lot that have failed,” Hunt said. “They’ve had to replant a lot of their corn.”

If this keeps up, says Hunt. “later down road it will affect prices because we won’t have enough crops.”

Thanks to Kingbum for this link

“There’s a lot more out there,” says Kingbum. “I think food reserves drop from here.”

11 thoughts on “Kentucky farmers dealing with flooded crops – Video

  1. hmm so its near river acreages…NOT reported as entire state.
    while its crap news for the locals I doubt it would be much influence in total
    and is the corn food?
    or is it toxic GMO subsidised and meant for biofuel and a total bloody waste to plant or harvest? and a crime to feed to stock!

  2. Let’s make sure we keep using corn to produce ethanol for fuel blends. After all losing 10% or more of my MPG fuel efficiency is an attractive benefit if we want to sell more petroleum into the consumer market. Additionally , I imagine e85 will no longer be cost competitive with e10 in the coming months.

  3. About two weeks ago I travelled from Lincoln, Nebraska to Dayto, OH. A farmer in north central Illinois told me that the excessive rainfal had delayed but not yet damaged his soybean crop. He was worried. I saw many fields that had small washed out areas, especially in Nebraska and Missouri. Worse was the very large areas of stunted corn. The crops did not look normal until I reached Illinois. However, the excessive rain is now making things worse. I think we have a minor crop disaster at this point. The nearly stationary rain from Texas to Indiana from last evening to this morning and still coming down in almost exactly the same area will make this worse. This is very bad for the farmers and for the consumers. Hopefully this is the end of the big rains, but an El Nino year can be like this.


  4. Check this out!

    This is the “DEPARTURE from average rainfall” for the month June 5th to July 5th, also for year to date, for Kentucky from my KY weather guy, Chis Bailey. On the monthly graph, note that the maximum precipitation on the coloured legend up left, is 8 inches. A good proportion of the state will have EXCEEDED 8 inches, as amounts of greater than 8 inches have not been accounted for in this mapping!

    The point of this? Two weeks ago, the same Chris Bailey talked about a coming flip into a “winter pattern of weather”, which we are now in. On the 4th of July he wrote

    “It’s a pattern that shows little sign of letting up over the next several weeks. This puts us on the path for the 3rd summer in a row with much above normal rainfall and little in the way of true heat. Wonder if that holds true for the fall and winter ahead? Hmm”

    These BIG dips (flip-flops) in the jet stream are MUCH more typical of winter than high summer, and will continue to bring extremes of rainfall and temperatures.

    And the point of this? If you have been following Robert for as long as I have, you won’t have missed this one –

    Epic and massive flooding in Europe during the Little Ice Age:

    Failed crops and an economic disaster – War, famine, witch-burning, The basic reasons was that the weather was getting colder, as well as more unpredictable. As the climate cooled, it also became wetter. Combined with the cold, this caused more crop failures and famines spread as the northern limit of farming retreated south. The start of the cooling – called Europe’s Little Ice Age by glaciologist Francois Matthes in 1939 – in the 13th century was in fact the start of a long, sometimes steep dip in temperatures that held sway on an unpredictable, on-and-off basis until at least the first decade of the 19th century. Overall, the cooling lasted about 450 years.”

    King Louis X of France lost his Flanders campaign in the 14th Century, due to the cold, rain and muddy summer conditions, as well as lack of food for his army. Summers were so unpleasant that he decided to build the world’s first indoors tennis courts!

    BUT we are not just looking at the fact that a new Little Ice Age is here – right now; bear in mind that we are ALSO on the cusp of a major glaciation that runs in a 100,000 year cycle.. this really is a great article and a must-read..

    Global Cooling And The Great Mandrake

    Today’s IPCC climatologists, who only pursue a “warmist” agenda, can of course brush aside the length, intensity and damage caused by Europe’s Little Ice Age but the fact of weather variability radically increasing, in Europe during that period, cannot be denied. One of history’s most notorious quotes may have been caused by an unfortunately typical effect of this weather disruption. Northern France, after an all-too-usual bad winter in 1787-88, experienced extreme heat in May and June – destroying a large amount of the grain crops which had survived the previous cold. On July 13, at harvest time, a massive hailstorm caused by the mixing of very cold and warm air masses destroyed what little crops remained. The bad harvest of 1788 was followed by the bread riots of 1789. In front of the Bastille prison in Paris, the rioters became ever more dangerous, prompting Marie Antoinette’s famous one-liner: “Let them eat cake”, because, as she knew, they had no bread.

  5. I’m not surprised its flooding. Look on Google Maps and the hundreds of small lakes dotted all over the area. Loads of tributaries feeding the huge Cumberland River which meanders right past these farmers front doors, before joining the Tennessee River, then the Ohio River. It looks more like a map of Scotland; it’s a very wet area period! So a bit of extra water and bingo, instant lake…like a big sponge just waiting to flood.

      • Like I said Caroline, a place like that given an extra push will flood easily. I don’t doubt the reason for the downpours and back Roberts theories 100%, but it’s the same with media in the UK, where flood news is always cherry picked for the worst cases, and they are ‘always’ on flood-plains. The Met Office UK are now mixing their Global Warming mantra with Little Ice Age expectations, so we are now to believe that the sudden swings from dry to wet and cold to warm are due to man, and our nasty habit of enjoying life.

  6. Farmers’ comments from Agweb over the past week.. the last comment in partuclar regarding this “historic event”

    7/6/2015 Livingston County, IL: I farmed for 40 yrs before retiring. I now do consulting through our laboratory. I have not seen more messed up bean fields in the years I farmed than this year. I would say that the yields could be down as much as 20 to 25 percent. Just to much water. Besides that many fields were put in after the 1st of June, which will also affect the yields. Many fields east and north of Livingston county have not been planted the first time. It will be interesting to see what the rest of the growing season brings.

    7/6/2015 Henry County, MO: What a mess tried to plant this morning cant pull my planter. Forecast 3 to 6 inches of rain tonight, never have not planted all acres but looks like this year will have lots of prevent plant corn and beans.

    7/4/2015 Caldwell County, MO: Neighbor borrowed my planter to plant corn this week, I tried to convince him to plant milo instead, he is going to chop it for siliage. Grand river bottom had planters running, The guys who was saying leave ground idel last year to drive the price up are probadly the ones out trying to get all they can planted instead of taking the insurance and letting the ground rest.

    7/2/2015 Lancaster County, NE: A few guys still trying to spot in some beans in the wet spots. We gave up about 2 weeks ago. Late planting of beans and some corn will hurt yield average in Southeast NE. We have lost a lot of N due to wet weather, side hill seepage and ponding. Would rate corn crop fair some good some planted pretty late. Beans rated poor to fair, some acres won’t get planted and majority got planted very late May to the middle of June, trend line yields will be hard to meet

    7/1/2015 Knox County, IL: What started out as a promising year has turned into a watery nightmare. As of July 1st, I’d rate our beans as 50% fair, 20% poor and 30% very poor (already dead, soon to be dead and PP). I’ve never experienced what looks to be a bean crop failure of this magnitude this early in the season. Too damn much rain and more on the way. What bean harvest will bring is yet to be determined, but it’s not looking very good…half a crop, maybe, if the sun shines and the monsoon ends…and that’s being optimistic.

    7/1/2015 Minnehaha County, SD: Thanks to traders for paying back 1/4 of what they stole from us on false info!!! Crops are looking good here accept for where the hail and heavy rains hit. Weather service text called for .17 of rain yesterday, the cement did get wet but no water ran off it! Suspicious to say the least! Some second cutting hay going down and some first just getting done! We will need more than talk from amatuer weather forecasters of .17 to get this crop to a good one! I doubt, no I know it won’t be a record here! Good luck!

    6/30/2015 Stark County, OH: Greetings from the far Eastern part of the corn belt! Sure could use a little rain here, other than that corn about to tassel, soybeans blooming and crops looking so good! OK, sorry just dreaming a little. Actually having flashbacks of 2012 except this time it’s from too much rain instead of too little. We had one sweet smooth planting season, done with everything early! Crops were beautiful until about two weeks ago then soybeans in area just stopped growing and some corn yellowing. Fast forward to today and it looks like some beans are gonna be lucky if they see a combine this fall and one could accuse me of planting corn without row fertilizer or any nitrogen or drinking when I was spraying. Sad to say but this area has lost about 10-15% of our fields to ponding and saturated soils. Of the remaining 85-90% we will be lucky to post 80% of a trend line yield. Case in point if everything straightens up we could be about 75% of trendline! Worse if it don’t change fast! Also have seen a few unplanted fields. Hold onto your grain fellas, the rain ain’t over yet! Read where 8.5 million acres were still unplanted of beans as of June 21 and we have had no planting days since then. Add on lost fields to flooding and drown out spots we could be in the low to mid 70 million harvested acres with 80% of trendline yield. What would that do to price? Corn??? Also if Anyone out there has yet to plant, please stick a fork in it and call it a year! 6/29/2015 Wabash County, IN: We have received 14.9 inches since June 7. In my 48 years farming I have never seen corn go backwards the way this crop has. Don’t think 5% could be classified good with majority considered poor. Beans are no better. Will be way short of trend line yields.

    6/29/2015 Hancock County, OH: We have had close to 14 inches of rain in June. Corn was just top dressed with urea from the air. It was a beautiful stand but is turning yellow . corn field is full of weeds and beans need to be sprayed. Heavy rain again headed our way. The mosquitoes are thick. I guess we are all in the same boat–no pun intended. With the decisions our country is making, its no wonder we are headed for trouble.

    6/29/2015 Coles County, IL: coles county, east central illinois over 9 inches in 14 days, June 15th to June 29th. I have never seen a soybean crop turn to crap this bad in slow motion. I seen fields wiped out by hail before but not slowly die from wet soggy ground over the whole fields. and to top it off we have rain in the forecast for everyday this week. I do not know for sure if the shrinking yellow plants will recover much or die completely.

    6/29/2015 Saint Clair County, IL: Had 9/10ths of an inch of rain on the 26th, and another 1.3 inches today the 29th. No planting in the last week. Still lots of unplanted bean fields, and lots of beans to be replanted. Pretty good guess is that a lot of bean fields are not going to get planted. From what I have been reading we are not the only area where this is the case. Looks like the traders are finally waking up to this fact, as markets are finally moving up a little bit, but if you have no crop to sell what good is it?. With all of the widespread rains, corn is not going to be near as good as USDA is claiming, of course they will not admit to that fact until they have to. There has to be significant nitrogen losses, so where are all of those bushels going to come from?.

    6/29/2015 La Porte County, IN: Fields look more like lakes

    6/28/2015 Williams County, OH: 6 ” on Sat. on already WET.WET.WET.soils . we have 4′ high corn down to 6″ corn in same 16 rows across field . Some bean fields have not been planted yet . Just trying to catch up on spraying before last rain.

    6/27/2015 Buffalo County, NE: For the most part, crops here look pretty good. Corn has recovered from early hail/freeze damage and is gaining both color and height with the warmer temps of late. Soybeans are about to canopy, wheat is in the hard dough stage. For the most part, we have received ideal rains-never more than an inch at one time. Pastures have benefited from the rain as well and look very good. It is the unfortunate nature of our chosen occupation that the weather is such a huge factor in determining our success or failure in any given year. Good luck, and may God bless us all.

    6/27/2015 Caldwell County, MO: Guys still trying to plant beans, some landlords didnt have ins. These beans was planted June 9.

    6/26/2015 Jasper County, IN: My haunt is Jasper-Pulaski-White-Starke in NW Indiana. Looking at the crops and the calendar and the forecast makes me weep. It seems destined to become an historic event in the annals of farming hereabouts. Nobody is going to get much of anything anywhere. Corn which has been in the ground more than a month looks like the week after it came up. You get on rises on this relatively flat ground and can see the extent of the devastation. It will be one to remember.

  7. Most of the damage I’ve seen here in Indiana has been in historic flood plains and natural wetlands that are usually seasonally dry – marginal farmland a lot of which has been recently cleared due to higher corn prices – err, ethanol subsidies.

    Most of the inundated land shouldn’t have been in production to start with.

    Just my humble opinion, of course.

    And the mosquitos are a pure misery this year.

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