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Flooded fields could delay farmers

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by Danielle Wagner

WATERLOO (KWWL) Many farm fields are saturated.

"We were really dry going into this rain and kind of at the point where we needed the rain and so the first about inch and a half I would say soaked in well," said Blake Hollis with Lanehaven Farms.

But the rain kept coming. Corn and soybean producer Blake Hollis said many fields reached the saturation point Sunday afternoon.

"Once you get to that saturation point, everything you get after that just has to run off and carry soil with it. We're very vulnerable this time of year to soil erosion with everything being tilled and loose," said Hollis.

At Lanehaven Farms in Waterloo, fields were about 75 percent planted before the rain hit.

"We were getting close to kind of in the final leg of planting here, and we would have finished up in the next day or two, but this put the kabosh on that. It's gonna be quite a while before we can get back in the fields for sure," said Hollis.

Hollis said farmers need warm, sunny weather with some wind to get back in the fields and to keep from having to replant some areas.

"I'm slightly concerned about what we have planted. If things stay saturated too long it could be problematic. We don't want what we had last year with excessive moisture, so we'll keep an eye on things," said Hollis.

Now, all he can do is wait and hope for warmer, drier weather.

Hollis likes to have all the crops in by the first week of May so he doesn't miss out on yield potential.

Hollis tells us a lot of work done to repair damage to fields from last year's heavy rains is now compromised because new seeding hasn't had enough time to get established in the ground.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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