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Farmers: Water in Fordoche 16 feet deep in places

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Posted: May 31, 2011 4:50 PM by Stephanie Ryan
Updated: May 31, 2011 4:50 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Fordoche, farm, Pointe Coupee, Ted Glaser, soybeans, corn, wheat

FORDOCHE - Ted Glaser's fields in Pointe Coupee Parish should be full of waving soybean. Instead, they're full of just waves.

Glaser's farm is under 16 feet of water in some places after the opening of the Morganza Spillway. A few weeks ago the fields were ready to be cut for soybean planting, but now are un-useable.

"There won't be another crop go in this year," Glaser said. "It's just not gonna happen."

Farmers in Pointe Coupee Parish say the water has dropped two feet from last week, when the Corps of Engineers began closing several bays at the Morganza Spillway. But when the water washes away, it's leaving behind debris like tires and old TV sets that Glaser and others will have to remove by hand.

Glaser said he bought crop insurance, but that only covers the cost of the seeds and won't provide him any profit. It'll be months before he actually knows how much he'll have returned.

"We have to harvest the corn, 200 additional acres of corn, that has to be harvested and calculated into the crop insurance payment," he said.

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