Flood waters damage crops in Hancock county

Published: Jul. 17, 2017 at 10:34 PM EDT
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Fields all around Hancock county are still drying out after river and creek flooding.

"When you sign up to do it [farm], you don't know what Mother Nature is going to give you," Steve Oman, Oman Farms said. "You get what you get."

And lately, it's been a soggy mess. There's a huge mess left behind at, at least, one soybean field at Oman Farms. Flood waters ravaged the crop, leaving them covered in mud and dying.

"If we got rain and the mud washed off, it may come back," Oman said. "It doesn't look like it. The stems are brown, so it's a pretty good indication that they're dead. We'll probably lose $100,000 from our whole operation over it."

Eagle Creek, a notorious problem spot for flooding across the county, is to blame.

Rising waters flattened several fields and dropped debris along township roads. Oman says he know the risks when he bought the creek-front property back in 2008, but says on good years the return makes it worth it.

"I will say, it seems like it's been a little bit worse the last few years, but, I think we've been getting different kids of rain events," Oman told 13abc.

"They always have challenges every year and, like anybody else, we hope that it's less challenging and this appears to be one of those with more challenges," Ed Lentz, Crop Specialist and Extension Educator at the Ohio State University Extension office said.

He says it's been a tough season for agriculture but believes that most will still pull an average crop come harvest time.

"If it turns really hot and dry for the next 6 weeks, that would be the worst thing," Lentz said. "We need showers every 10 days to get us through the season."

The current situation isn't ideal, but ask any farmer, it's all part of the business.

"I think they're pretty resilient," Lentz said. "We do what we can and the rest is in nature's hands."