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Recent rains a concern for farmers

BLACK HAWK CO. (KWWL)--- This summer's wet conditions are starting to take a toll on Iowa farm fields.

Water stands in puddles around fields in Hudson.  It's a sight that's become commonplace this summer after a lot of wet weather.

"It seems like it's been a wetter than usual season this year.  Certainly in the Cedar Valley and the Wapsipinicon Valley, you could've just plain lost crop," said farmer Ben Riensche.

And that's already having an impact on the marketplace.

"Actually we're already beginning to see some response to the conditions through the market price of corn right now.  It's actually increase over the last week or so, and that is in response to what we're seeing in the weather conditions.  So there's a little bit of nervousness in the market," said Allen Ricks, education director with Iowa State University Extension in Black Hawk Co.

Corn in soggy soil will fare better than soybeans.  That's because beans are more susceptible to rotting and mold conditions when there's too much moisture.  But farmers say that even with all the rain we've had, some fields could still have a hearty harvest.

"If the field is well drained with drainage tile on good soils, on higher ground, the conditions we've had could actually add up to the best corn crop we've ever had," Riensche said.

And if conditions turn hot and dry later this summer, having the extra moisture now, could come in handy.

Luckily, northeast Iowa has fared better than some parts of the state when it comes to soggy soil.  Some farmers in southeastern Iowa weren't able to plant crops at all because of the extremely wet weather there.

KWWL Reporter:  Kera Mashek

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