Parts of Region 8 Still Drying Out After Heavy Rainfall Over Two Weeks Ago

May 10, 2004--Posted at 7:00 p.m. CDT

CASH --"If we get nine or ten inches of have to start all over," said Cash farmer Joe Christian.

His 2400 acres of farmland was saturated when the Cache River overflowed and destroyed nearly 700 acres of rice and soybeans. The problem, he says,  isn't the rain, but the lack of drainage in Jackson County.

"When it backed up, it just got off the field yesterday. That makes two weeks and two days. I honestly don't know if I will be able to save it,"said Christian.

It cost between $50.00 and $60.00 per acre to replant soybeans.

Replanting a 70 acre field will cost Christian nearly $4000.00 alone......not to mention another 700 acres damaged by the flooding.

Overflow from the Cache River was standing on Christian's rice field just yesterday, but now it's starting to dry up, and it's time for him to start assessing the damage.

"$25,000 if I can't save a couple of hundred acres of this rice,"said Christian.

Now Christian is looking towards the future.

He fears the same flooding problem in the fall.

He says there simply won't be enough money if the river floods every time it rains.

Christian's rice field should dry out in the next couple of days, but the damage could already be done. 70 acres out of 2400 may not sound like a lot, but Christian says, "now days you need the whole field to survive...not just part of it. You need the whole field because your margins are so close.