Farmers brace for flooding conditions this week

Typically farmers need rain through the winter to be ready for planting season in the spring but area farmers say they can be too much of a good thing.

Posted: Feb. 19, 2018 10:57 PM

Cory, Ind. (WTHI) - Typically farmers need rain through the winter to be ready for planting season in the spring but area farmers say they can be too much of a good thing.

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They say this winter actually started drier than normal.

"We like to have that moisture in the ground kind of through the winter to kind of get plenty of moisture so when we go to plant around planting time we have that to plant into. So we like to have it we just can't have a whole bunch at one time" farmer Dwight Ludwig says.

Unfortunately for some farmers the Wabash Valley will be getting a large amount of rain during the week. Farmers like Dwight Ludwig say a large amount of rain like this can create major problems even during the winter.

"Then we end up getting ditches created which cause a lot of problems and you know you always have the trouble of nutrients you know we've already got nutrients applied out there that will start washing away and so it poses several different problems" he says.

Ludwig says if farmers with saturated fields have not created drainage areas already it may be too late.

"There's not much you can do right now. We do install drainage systems and drainage structures but those already have to be in place for them to be working now so there's really not a whole lot you can do just wait and see what happens" he says.

As for how this rain will impact planting season Ludwig says it could create several inconvienences when it is time to get back out in the fields.
"Anywhere where debris has washed out in the field that will have to be removed so it just kind of pushes everything back a little bit you can't just go out and start planting and start doing your tillage it just gives you one more step in the process of getting your seed in the ground" he says.

Ludwig says his fields are already saturated. He says farmers with property in low-lying area need to watch for flooding over the next several days.

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