Possible disaster aid for farmers after excessive rain

A wet spring followed by extreme heat are causing issues for farmers across Indiana.

Posted: Jul 14, 2019 7:37 PM
Updated: Jul 15, 2019 8:21 AM

WATERLOO, Ind. (WFFT) - Governor Eric Holcomb is seeking out federal disaster aid for farmers across most of Indiana for crop losses by flooding and excessive rainfall during planting season. Farmers like Thomas Miller.

"As long as we don't get extremely dry and hot like we have been here with the last 10 days, if that doesn't continue then we'll have a decent crop," Thomas Miller owner of Miller Farm said.

Miller said they're about a month behind in crop. You can see the difference in the corn field.

The heat isn't making it any better.

A disaster designation can be requested when at least 30% of one crop is damaged or lost in a county. Holcomb said rainfall in recent months have left fields saturated statewide.

"The number one thing I think farmers are facing is the fact that we can not control our weather and we have families to feed just like anybody else that goes to work everyday," Miller said.

The aid would cover 88 of Indiana's 92 counties.

An emergency designation would make low- interest loans available to farmers.

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