Local Farmer: Rain destroyed crop

By Perry Russom

July 8, 2013 Updated Jul 8, 2013 at 9:44 PM EDT

Oxford, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After weeks of rain soaked weather, a farmer in Oxford said his crop is destroyed.

"The land is here," said Richard Howe, owner of Howe Farms. "It's wonderful land. It's just at different times, too much water."

A river by his farm along Route 12 started to swell after days of rain and flooded his fields.

"It looks like it's a complete loss at this time," said Howe. "We can't replant. There's not enough days growing, degree days, to have a decent crop at the end."

Howe has 400 acres of corn and 100 acres of soy beans. He's already lost 30 acres of the soy.

"When you lose a crop, you lose it," said Howe. "The water comes up too high and you have this cloud of mud and dirt. You just can't handle the crop."

Howe spent between $200 and $300 per acre to plant his crop. Without a yield, he'll be left in debt.

"For some of these farms, this crop damage not only entails the loss of current crops expenditures they've spent into it," said Bradd Vickers, President of the Chenango County Farm Bureau. "Many of them don't have insurance that will cover that."

Howe said the crop insurance is too expensive for him. He'd rather gamble on the land.

The Chenango County Farm Bureau is urging producers to contact their local Farm Service Agency office to report damage to crops, farmland and buildings, along with any other losses they are experiencing due to the flooding.

FSA Contact Information:

Chenango County Farm Service Agency:
Brian Sheridan (County Executive Director)
99 North Broad Street, Norwich, NY
(607) 334-3231 Ext. 2

Broome County Farm Service Agency:
Robert Gallinger (County Executive Director)
1163 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY
(607) 723-1384 Ext. 2

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