Patrick Richardson

Managing Editor

The rain which has poured down on Cherokee County over the last several days has been no boon to farmers, K-State Agriculture Extension Agent Dennis Elbrader said Monday.

“We don’t need this much rain,” he said. “When we get total saturation, and we’re at that point now, we could have some of the nitrogen fertilizer washed off the corn.”

Elbrader said the rain is also a problem for the wheat.

“(The wet weather causes) increased disease pressure on the wheat,” he said.

Elbrader said when there is a lot of rain coupled with days of overcast the moisture is ideal for fungal diseases like leaf rust and head scab on the wheat crop.

There are other issues as well.

“Always with flooding there is the risk of loss of livestock if it gets too severe,” Elbrader said.

Most if not all of the creeks in the county are flooded and the Spring River is expected to crest between four and five feet above flood stage Wednesday morning.

Elbrader said the wet conditions are also keeping farmers out of the fields.

“With the wet conditions they can’t plant,” he said. “There’s still some acres that need to be planted in corn, so it’s delaying planting.

“There’s probably some milo that could be planted if it wasn’t so wet.”

Additionally, Elbrader said, standing water around terraces and low-lying areas in a field could kill corn which has already sprouted if it’s there long enough.

“I would really like to see some sun shine and wind blowing for a couple of weeks,” he said.