North Texas farmers calculating their losses

By: Daniel Gotera Email
By: Daniel Gotera Email

FANNIN COUNTY, Tex. -- Each year more than 40,000 acres of crops are cultivated in Fannin County. But this year, only ten percent of it will be of any value to farmers, and officials say the county could suffer one of the worst economic hits it has ever seen.

Kyle Milford has dealt with disasters over the years, but says this year is unlike anything he has ever seen.

Everything from wheat...

"This is the wheat that we're getting this year and it’s absolutely worthless."

…to hay...

"We just can’t do it on a regular day basis, you know a 30 day basis like we need to; muddy fields, you cut it and it just gets rained on a ruined."

…to acres of milo...

"This is a good example of an anemic Milo field and it may never be harvested and likely never be harvested there’s just not much value in it right now."

All of it completely destroyed by the constant rains...

"This could be after two years of drought the crowning blow for farmers in our area it will be widespread economic disaster"

Fannin County is just one of several counties across north Texas and southeastern Oklahoma suffering from a loss of crops.

Over half of the crops in Grayson County are too wet to bring in money.

Ninety percent of the crops harvested in Fannin are also destroyed, and what was supposed to be a bumper crop bringing in close to $4.50 a bushel now might only bring in two dollars a bushel.

It’s a loss county officials say adds up quick.

"Many of these farmers have 10 to 20 thousand acres worth of these crops out there so that only equates to a 10,000 acre farm, only two thousand acres at most has been harvested so that’s a pretty good chunk of change that has been invested."

On Thursday, Oklahoma governor Brad Henry requested a disaster declaration for all 77 counties to receive aid from the USDA in Texas.

The farm service agency is compiling the total losses to submit to the USDA.

"They may declare the area disaster. That’s why the farmers need to let the FSA know, what kind of crops they have and what kid of acres they have, stuff like that."

Fannin County officials say the rising waters also cause concerns for those getting their drinking water from wells.

They urge everyone to shock treat their wells with bleach to make sure all bacteria is killed.

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