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Farmers prefer puddles and mud to last year's drought


What a difference a year makes last July farmers were standing in dust, this year, there's plenty of mud under their boots!

Saturday we had many reports of street flooding after several inches of rain fell in Michiana.  While it may not have been easy for drivers to get around farmers are smiling at the sky.

"This has been without a doubt a catastrophic type of crop year," that's what Mike Yoder told us on his farm last year.  This year it's a different story.  "All this water makes it look like we're gonna have a record crop, record bushels harvested," said Yoder.

Last year Michiana was experiencing a drought.  "It was very very dry," said Yoder.

But now that isn't the case.  Yoder's farm is filled with puddles and mud.  He said his farm has received almost 5 inches of rain this week.

That's actually a little more moisture than what Yoder says is ideal.  But after last year he's not complaining.  "We're going into July with really good moisture levels in the soil so that's really good for corn, soybean, alfalfa, all our crop production right now," said Yoder.

And the recent cooler temperatures are good for the animals too.  Yoder said, "Today is perfect for cows.  70 degrees and a nice breeze so it's perfect.  I expect milk production to come back a little this week."

While all of this is great, Yoder said he is still dealing with consequences of last year's drought.  "The feed costs are still a problem because we're still suffering from the droughts of last year."

But he said dealing with the weather is just part of his job.   "It's really difficult to plan but that's part of farming you just go with whatever mother nature throws at you."

At least this year it's easier to deal with what mother nature is giving.  "The corn keeps growing and that's good," said Yoder.

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