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Flooding damages farm crops

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Harvest season is in full gear, but many farmers are facing major loss after last month's flooding damaged their crops. 

Farmers are now assessing the extent of the water damage, and seeing what they can salvage after last month's flooding. This now adding to the stress farmers are already facing, after a year where many growers have been struggling to post a profit. 

Robert Hansen is just one of many farmers throughout the state, who are finding themselves at a loss this season.

"I farmed for about 50 years and it's the first time I know of a crop being flooded right at harvest time," said Hansen. "During the summer we expect this. The Wapsi river will get up, and it will get into the crops and you'll lose some, but to have it happen just a week before the harvest is just unimaginable."

Farmers across the area were left with flooded fields after torrential rains devastated the area.

Corn and soybean fields were covered in water.

While most are used to seeing a dry cornfield during harvest season, many farmers are now seeing their fields turned into muddy rivers. 

The Iowa Department of Agriculture is instructing farmers to destroy all their flood damaged grain, because of the potential it has to contaminate their harvest. 

"I mean I have to go out and actually destroy the crops," said Hansen. "Crop insurance individual was out there this morning measuring out the beans to see how much we loss."

Hansen has 125 acres of beans, and 60 acres were completely damaged by flood waters. He also says 37 acres of his corn had water up to the ears. 

"Now I know people farming around the Shell Rock River  who are playing in mud," said Hansen. "It's a loss for everybody all the way down here. But it doesn't happen every year, you take the good with the bad."

Many farmers do have crop insurance, but they will still be taking  a loss.

Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says as of today, 19% of corn and 43% of beans have been harvested, but this is still behind the five-year average  

Co-op's that take the grain have also been instructed to not accept any of the damaged grain.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says Iowa has seen nearly 10 more inches of rain than normal for the 2016 water year. 

Just in September alone, the statewide average was more than six inches. This number makes it the wettest September in 30 years.

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