Farmers looking for decent growing season in 2013


Reporter - Lauren Adams
Photojournalist - Barry Stevenson
Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. Farmers can't do much for now.  They're at the mercy of Mother Nature; waiting for floodwaters to recede.

These are many of the same farmers who survived last year's drought, thanks in part, to crop insurance and in some cases selling off livestock.

In Cape Girardeau and Bollinger Counties, about 8,000 acres are under water.  That's about 10 percent of the farmlands in those two counties.

Many have lost crops and are willing to replant, but the clock is ticking.

They've got about a two week window before the bean and corn seasons would be a total loss.

"You just want to make sure you have all your equipment ready to roll."

But it could be weeks before Scott Jahn is back to work on his family's farmlands.  240 of his acres are under water- for the second time in a matter of weeks.

"When you have a bad year, it's hard to swallow," Jahn said

Terry Bink- the county director for the Farm Service Agency says after last years drought, farmers like Jahn were looking for and needing- a good year.

"There's hope for this year, but there's a lot of water that's going up have to go down before this land gets planted," Bink said

Farmers tell Local 6 they have not had a decent yield in about five years.  That's because those same areas flooded in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In 2012, the area experienced, what many called, the worst drought in 50 years.