Farm Fields Sustain Significant Damage in Storms

Created: 06/20/2014 6:04 PM

Multiple days of downpours is still posing a threat to local farmers.  
Gary Henslin is a lifelong farmer with Henslin Brothers out of Dodge Center. "You got to be careful what you wish for," said Henslin, talking about the day after day of relentless rainfall.  "I don't know if I’ve ever seen it rain that hard and that much in that short of time,” he said.
It's not the ideal situation for farmers in the area and around the state. Even though the water isn't quite as high as it was earlier this week, there's still standing water  "They can take a couple days underwater, but it gets much longer than that and there won't be much there,” said Henslin referring to his crops.
Dave Frederickson, the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture was in Owatonna with Governor Dayton Thursday, addressing flooding concerns across the state.
"It's hard to say at this time," said Frederickson. He says there is one thing farmers can do. "Most farmers, I would guess probably 80% in this county are covered by federal crop insurance, which is a real life savior for them,” said Frederickson.
"That will help for the real big losses,” said Henslin.
With soybeans still underwater, Gary Henslin and many other Minnesota farmers are hoping for a dry spell. "We won't know how bad a loss it is until harvest,” he said.

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