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Heavy rains turns some area farms into lakes

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It's said you can have too much of a good thing.

Two summers ago, much of the Midwest was in a drought, and farmers needed water.

But after this weekend's storms flooded some farms in our area, farmers have more water than they need or want.

And now some farmers are wondering if there will be any crops left to harvest.

What looks like a quiet lake in Beaver Creek, Minnesota is actually farmer Gene Sandager's soybean field.

"We're getting in the season where it's a little late to replant, so the joke is should i get my planter ready or should i get my boat and the answer is get the boat," Sandager said.

But the flood damage caused by this weekend's storms is no laughing matter.

"There's a lot of water there. I've never seen it that bad," Sandager said.

With 140 acres of his Valley Springs farmland underwater, Norm Vis says he's not completely washed out.

"We farm on the hills too, so not everything is under water, but it looks like it probably ruined it. I don't know if we can replant now or not. It's getting late," Vis said.

And farmers recognize that sometimes when it rains, it pours.

"It's a risk that we take every year. Some years you get a good crop and then you get a year like this where you have damage. You've got to be able to make it through the bad times. That's farming," Sandager said.

"I think we'll be alright. We're kind of used to this long, little creek. It's a pretty bad creek, Beaver Creek. We get it every year, actually, but not quite this bad," Vis said.

Despite seeing how these newly formed lakes drowned some of their crops, these farmers continue to look on the bright side.

"We're just hoping that the sun will come out and it will dry things up here," Sandager said.

"We can't do anything about it. God sends it. So that's the way it is," Vis said.
Sandager says he doesn't have flood insurance. It could take two weeks for the waters on his soybean field to recede.

He told KSFY News he'll just have to wait until then to decide what to do next.
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