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lennart 455429 244 Flooded crops either
Flooded crops
Thursday this week we where on an excursion in the south of our region and looked at some flooded and damaged crops. It is app. 2 weeks since the water level where highest - the farmers in that area said they never had seen such amount of waters. A creek in the area had it's surface i meter over the highest level anytime before! Total amount of rain app. 300 mm's until the highest level 2 weeks ago, and then app. 100 more!

This is flooded grassland - the whole green area had been covered with water.
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This is a road tunnel under the railway - unusable due to malfunction of pumps....
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...because the control and electrical cabinet is under the water-line - you can see the frame for a hoist placed over the pump well and the top of the cabinet is seen just under the water surface! The farmer here has grass on the other side and until water is gone he is not able to harvest the grass.
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Terrible.....
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Wet pasture - wonder how deep the cows should sink into the mud if they came out here?
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Field with silage maize....
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...but now the field had suited better for rice (but maybe not the temperature?)
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The roots are nearby nothing, they should have been long now, and there is nearby no stalks yet. The farmer counts with 40% loss of yield and lower quality.
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This is a flooded sugar beet field. Most water has sunk, but the crop is seriously damaged - maybe no harvest at all...
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Potato field. This is early potatoes and should have been harvested the week when it rained so much that all rows stood under water.
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Another potatoe field beside some sugar beats. 100% loss of harvest?
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Another potatoe field. 3 ha totaly loss - they could row with a boat on this field when water level where highest!
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Last picture of a track of the field above made when the sprayer got stuck when they killed the potatoes.
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Nice photos Lennart, of a bad situation.

Do most farmers in that area have some sort of crop insurance?
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Terrible damage. Makes you sick to see damage like this but that is part of the risk of farming isnt it? Mother nature gives generously at times & she also takes away too.
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@Tony; No insurances covers flooded, it is the same with your private hone insurance. The only crop insurance we can get is against hail and re-planting due to dryness.

@TC; This is the risk, but here mayby not just wheater is the cause, som stupid installations and maybe water regulations helped.
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Yes Lennart, it is hard enough at times, with what the weather dishes up to farmers, without having to deal with other issues, such as the ones you mentioned :-\
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Lennart, ill trade you half that rain for half our on-going drought:-[
we have only had about 10mm of rain the past four weeks, with 7 of that falling a few days ago most of australia is still looking for good rains to harvest at least an average crop.
i guess looking for a positive there will be plenty of sub-soil moisture there if you get a dry spell with your next crop.:-\
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Andy, due to the high availability of rains it wont cost you much, maybe you get paid if you take care of the transport. ;-)

We will pay more for the drought, but I think we have the same transport problems.....:-P

Hope you get some more rain soon, the world needs all the crops available. South Europe have their hardest drought ever, north Europe incl. GB has the heaviest summer rains ever among all the extreme conditions we see.
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Their Lennart pictures are impressive. :-(
You are right, not always the fault is alone of the nature. In 1998 we had several floods in the central area of my state, when they opened the floodgates of a Hydroelectric power station, in a period without rains. Not even the fields with rice will support.
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