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Unusually rainy season leads to heavy replanting for some farmers

Harvest season is almost complete and it's time to see how farmers did this year. News 18 spoke with one farmer today and joins us live with his thoughts and reaction from the season.

Posted: Nov 17, 2017 6:25 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 9:09 AM

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind, (WLFI) — Harvest season is almost complete and it's time to see how farmers did this year.

This year wasn't easy for farmers. At the start of the year, they didn’t like how things were shaping up.

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But it's not how you start, it's how you finish and the same goes with Mother Nature when it comes to growing crops.

"I think nationwide we had the biggest replant in history," said AJ Booher.

It was an up and down year for farmers and their crops.

But when all the dust settles or in this case, rain dries up. How did they do?

Boohjer said, "Typical farmer, I was kind of down in the dumps all year because I thought man this crop is not going to be here but maybe the price will make up for it. The price never rallied but big surprise for us when we got out there on the combines and the yields were a lot higher normal. I can't explain where the yields came from. Some of our corn yields were absolutely phenomenal"

AJ Booher has more than 4000 acres of farmland. And while replanting isn't uncommon for farmers, this year saw much more than normal.

"One field, in particular, is 150-acre field and I replanted 120 acres out of the 150," he said.

All of that replanting was due to the rain-filled season. That moisture is also going to affect farmers’ bottom lines due to drying costs.
"We even dried some soybeans this year which is kind of unheard of,” said Booher. “And we had to dry every single load of corn that came in. It went in the grain dryer. I haven't figured out what our gas bill is but I have a feeling it is going to be pretty stout."

In the end, though, Booher just wants to grow a good crop.

"I'm a farmer first, marketer second,” he said. “There's probably more money to be made by being a good marketer But I look at myself as a producer and I would rather have the big crop and small prices than small crop and big prices. And this year we are going to have the big yield and probably small prices.”

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