Monday, May 1, 2017
The weekend brought us 3.3″ (84mm) of rain, 1.8 on Saturday and 1.5 yesterday. It was a significant rain event, but not nearly as bad as it was in other places around Indiana and Illinois. Yes, we will have some damage to planted crops, and there will be replanting to do. The good thing is that it is still relatively early. The White River will have what they call a ‘moderate’ flood event, with the crest occurring near our fields on Friday. Our floodplain fields (river bottoms, is the local term) are about one day below the reporting station at Edwardsport. A 19 foot river will not harm our crops, but this 22 footer will wipe out many fields for us. Yes, they had been planted, too.
We have been reading the reports of locations not far from here in SWIN that received 9+ inches (230mm) early Saturday. So the damage is greater in other places. As we’ve often been told, “you know, it coulda been worse.”
We will begin to assess the replant needed, and start the process to prepare for that. We’ve already had the conversations this morning with the seed dealer and the crop insurance agent. We were very close to having #plant17 complete, but now that will be extended with #replant17.
Yes, it is now May and there is replanting on our ‘to do list’, but we are still optimistic about the 2017 crop.