ARNOLD, MO (KPLR) – St. Louis area farmers are calling this planting and growing season catastrophic. All the rain has created a nightmare for the folks who grow America’s food. James Henry has been a farmer in Jefferson County all his life and he sells seeds and feed to farmers. Henry said, “It’s very tough on the farmers.”
He said most farmers were not able to get their crops planted in time before the rains and those that did are seeing plants drowned by all the water. Hay, which feeds cattle, is behind 6 weeks. One-third of Missouri’s intended soybean crop remains unplanted. The cost of a bushel of corn is up more than 50 cents in recent weeks. When people go to the supermarket they can expect higher prices from grain products to the meat counter. Farmers are already adding up their losses. Henry added, “Catastrophic as far as the farmer’s profit definitely, I’ve got several customers that are probably 50% planted on their farms and what they have planted it’s not going to be there this year.
Experts believe the last time so much water did so much damage to farmers was the Great Flood of ‘93.