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Thursday, July 25, 2024

Farmers face key decisions on crop drownouts

For now, farmers have to wait for the lakes of water in their fields to recede, and will soon thereafter have to decide how to proceed on the acres lost to drowned out crops, namely corn and soybeans.

The damage done depends on location in the county and drainage capacity for individual fields. Some early regional estimates after the flood feared up to 30% of the crop in Cottonwood County could be lost to drownout.

Josh Hilbrands is the agronomy manager for New Vision Co-op out of Brewster and his company services farmers across all of the county.

“I don’t believe it to be 30% across the county,” said Hilbrands. “There are smaller fields completely gone, but if you get outside the Des Moines River valley, it varies closer to 7%-10%.”

Hilbrands said Heron Lake and Miloma got hit hard along with Windom as they got powerfully affected by the river and contain flat areas for the spill- overs to fill in.

“Those areas are definitely worse than the north,” said Hilbrands. “The Jeffers area saw less rain and further west saw less than Windom.”

For more details on this story, please see the July 3 edition of the Citizen.

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