Farmers facing issues after record rainfall and flooding


Farmers in the state are facing issues with their crops after record rainfall and flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, residents in areas of southern and eastern Kansas had 15 to 25 inches of rainfall for the month of May, 8 to 12 inches of that in a seven day period ending on May 27th.

Doug Hisken is farmer that plants corn and wheat just outside of Belle Plaine. According to him neither have been able to flourish and it's caused problems for him.

"It's created a lot of interruptions for things," Hisken said.

Future planting has been put on hold as well, since planting dates for current crops have had to change and pushed everything back.

"Everything is getting on top of each other," he said. "We don't have things done when we would normally get them done so it's just a real challenge here."

When it comes to planting, farmers have plenty to think about. According to Troy Presley, a grains division manager for the Comark Equity Alliance, it's a whole process in itself.

"It's what was planted there last year, what nutrients are still in the soil accordingly, what do I need to go back and get done before we can get something planted," Presley said.

He said if they do try to plant and it rains like it has, it creates unstable results for the growth of the crops.

"On some parts of the field they might see some really good yields, and on other parts of the field they might see some very bad yields," Presley said.

For example, Doug Hisken said when the tops of wheat is green, that's a good thing. When they turn white, it means the plant died. However, regardless of the issues he's facing, Hisken said he wants to stay positive.

"It's about the resilience and adaptability, the American farmer we that's how we've been able to survive and thrive and survive when we've needed to," he said.

He even wants to urge other farmers to do the same.

"Let's push back a little bit here," he said. "Because mother nature can throw us some real curve balls but uh we can still adapt to that if we just work together."