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Farmers back to work despite flooding set back

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - Floodwaters covered farmland for much of the Spring, meaning farmers couldn't plant or harvest crops.

Now, the land is dry and home to thousands of acres of crops.

Farmers say they didn't waste a minute in getting back to work as the water receded.

"It had to set the crop back," said farmland owner Richard Griggs.

Griggs and his family own a small portion of farmland just outside of Charleston, past the levee, in Mississippi County, an area that was covered in water just a month ago.

The flooding ruined farmers wheat crop, prevented farmers from planting corn, and delayed the state of soybeans by more than a month.

Farmers like Roy Presson say they are worried about the single soybean crop.

"If you have more crops you spread your risk a little more," said Presson.

"The soybeans should be up 12 or 14 inches high," said Griggs.

"The later it gets, the possibility of a yield loss increase," said Presson.

But it's not a lack of effort from the farmers.

"Just as the ground dries up were trying to get it planted," said Presson.

"They worked their tail off getting things back to where they could get their crops in," said Morris Griggs.

The farmers say they feel lucky they've been able to get crops in at all.

"At this time, we can't see any damage to the land at all, there is a little sand," said Griggs.

"Big relief you know, we can go not very far from here where there was a lot of land damage and we don't have that so yeah we've got to be very thankful," said Presson.

A thankfulness, brought on by land and farmers that Griggs says he's always had faith in.

"I told him, I said Tommy, in 30 days you won't believe the difference, the water will be gone, and the farmers will be back working, and it just about happened in 30 days," said Griggs.

Griggs says a late soybean crop usually does well in this region, but farmers say they're worried about an early frost, before they can harvest the crop.

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