Rain Corn Farmers Drought

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(KSDK) -- Chad Schutz is one of thousands of farmers scrambling to recover from this summer's drought.

"It's hard to change mother nature," Schutz says. "So you just have to roll with the punches."

The latest punch came from Isaac. Schutz tells us he got nearly four inches of rain at his farm.

"It's a little too late to have much of an impact on our corn crop. We're just about a week away from harvest, so the plant is already done for."

He and his family farm about 2,000 acres of land. Corn is their bread and butter.

"When we started planting in the spring, we were expecting a tremendous year. Everything was lined up just wonderful. As the rains stopped in the middle of june, you could just see the things slowly deteriorating."

The drought pushed everything ahead of schedule including the harvest. The corn they're going to be getting from this year's harvest is much smaller than it normally would be.

Schultz showed us one field that would normally produce about 180 bushels of good corn per acre. He estimates it will produce around 100 bushes per acre this year.

The bright side is that the corn won't be a total loss. Neither is the soybean crop.

"This rain on the later planted beans will help with a little extra size in the bean crop," says Schutz.

His livestock will also get a boost.

"The rain is tremendously going to help in the pastures. Being here in the end of august, we still got a month or so of good growing for the pasture so that'll help carry the cattle for a little extra longer."

A loss like this can be tough, but Chad Schutz says he bought crop insurance that will cover a portion of his losses.










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