After a cold spring — including a rare mid-April snowstorm that delayed planting — some Dane County farmers took another gut punch this week in the form of unexpected floodwaters surging through their fields.
For local farmers already facing low prices for milk and grain, the struggling corn and soybean crops represented a last chance to make money this year.
But that opportunity was literally washed away earlier this week when record rainfall in the western and southern parts of the county produced flooding that wreaked havoc on farm fields before moving on to ravage nearby villages such as Belleville, Black Earth, Cross Plains, Mazomanie, and Paoli.
Paoli farmer Tom Sarbacker estimated Thursday afternoon that 50 percent to 75 percent of his 165 acres of crops are still standing in water after the Sugar River poured over its banks on his property and nearly submerged some of his tallest corn.
Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal.