Valley Farmer Sees Both Good and Bad From Rain

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

Farmers in the Valley are dealing with a blessing and a curse, rain. We go back to one farm that is seeing both good and bad things because of the rain.

In June, Stephen Kegley's corn crop was in no shape.

Kegley recalls, "we had water 18 inches deep in some of it. It's come out of it, it's still stunted but it's growing and it looks a lot better than it did then."

The part that was under water is still shorter than the rest, but Kegley is seeing two to three times more on each corn stock.

His major cash crop is soy beans. He likes to have those in before July 1st, that didn't happen this year.

"Fifty acres got put in by June 30th and I've got about three and a half, four acres on a piece I'm trying to finish today, then I will be done. Thank goodness," says Kegley.

This time of year he usually makes his money off hay. He's managed to get the fields mowed, but the hay is too wet to bail.

"Second cut is going to be a loss, so I'm not going to be able to sell that," Kegley says.

Losing money on hay doesn't compare to the money he's saving on water. Taking water out of the river for his crops, costs him big bucks, "about 10 thousand dollars, in fuel alone, not counting my time or anything else."

Kegley says even with the flooding, it's helping more than it's hurting and he's keeping busy.

"If you cant find something to do on a farm, you ain't looking hard enough. There's always something to do," laughs Kegley.


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