Flood season is coming in strong this year closing down streets in the Quad Cities but also seeping through farm fields, especially those close to the Wapsipinicon River and farmers aren’t too happy about it.
“It’s been a tough year forsure.“ Farmer John Maxwell, like many others, says he’s had his fair share of unfortunate events with his crops. Starting with the trade tariffs knocking down prices for soy beans and now he’s dealing with natural made ponds on his fields.
“We’ve had a lot of snow to our north and that’s melting and causing all sorts of problems too so it’s compounding,“ says Maxwell.
Maxwell owns the Cinnamon Ridge Dairy Farms, comprised of two-thousand acres of land.
A fourth of that is underwater which is a mile away from the Wapsipinicon river that currently is at 12.6 feet high.
Maxwell says it’s going to affect more than just farmers themselves. ”It can also mean higher prices at the grocery store which will affect everybody out there.“
He says floods haven’t hit them as hard as northern Iowa or Nebraska, but he’s still hoping for a break. “We’re kinda hanging on hoping for better times which so many farmers are and you know its just one challenge after another.“
Maxwell would typically start working on the fields withing two weeks or sooner but until the ground is moist enough his tractors will be in storage