By Jeremy W. Steele
The Cincinnati Enquirer
MILFORD TWP. - The water is gone from Dan Sunberg's corn and soybean fields.
But Seven Mile Creek clearly left its mark.
Acres of crops that had been under several feet of water Sunday are left coated with dried mud. In a few places, cornstalks and other debris that floated in with the weekend's flood have left patches of crops smothered.
"They were damaged and I will have a yield loss because of it," Sunberg said of the 160 acres around his Hamilton-Eaton Road home, which sits within sight of Seven Mile Creek. "But it's early enough in the season that I think they'll grow out of it."
It's a scene played out across northern Butler County, where as much as 8 inches of rain in an hour caused the Four Mile and Seven Mile creeks to overflow their banks. There's no official count on how many acres were damaged, but farmers tell of some fields nearly flooded out.
Excess rain and cool weather throughout May and into June already have put farmers through a difficult spring. Many farmers, such as Sunberg, didn't have enough dry days to finish planting this year's crop. Of the 850 acres he farms with his father, he estimates 300 haven't yet been planted.
"You can't plant when it rains every other day," Sunberg said.
Now, thanks to the weekend's downpour, fields along county waterways are drenched, and even land uphill is too wet to drive a tractor on. All this comes as hay is overdue to be cut, the deadline to plant soybeans looms and farmers need to fertilize or spray crops.
"Really, just about all aspects of the farm sector have been affected," said Mike Jacquemin, branch manager for Harvest Land Co-op's Butler Ag Centers. "It's not a pretty picture. Those that have crop insurance will get some help."
Taft moves to help Butler
Soaked farmers hope for dry-out, and soon
Flynts may face old charges
City cuts Kroger deal on parking
Patton issues pardons for four
Lights flashed as car stalled
Site of fatal crash had lights, no gates
IN THE TRISTATE
Senate OKs concealed-carry bill
Ohio River cleanup day moved to July
Kings Island sued by family
Top police watchdog steps down
Boy, 14, gets 6 years for fatal shooting
Judge rescinds his child support order
Obituary: Dave Ashley was boxer, publisher
Photo of the Day: "I want him dead"
PULFER: Collector's items
HOWARD: Some good news
BUTLER, WARREN, CLERMONT
Man dies days after treatment
Wedding will look like 1803
Boy enters plea denying murder of his brother, 1
Ryland ordered to stop moving dirt in lead area
Schools OK $44.4M building plan
Mason rejects former Miami coach in light of pending charge
Center augurs well for Monroe's future
Meal program switches service
Voinovich to have heart pacemaker installed Friday
Ohioan makes mark behind scenes
High water starts retreat in sodden northwest Ohio
Ohio lawmakers closer to budget deal
3 more inmates in Ohio set to die
Witness testifies to Traficant 'bribe'
Voinovich pushes regulations to guard against invasive species
Bill targets violence, vandalism on the farm
Ohioan killed in Iraq laid to rest
Italian restaurant coming to Crestview
Politicos shown a good time in N.Ky.
Plane missing since weekend eludes searchers
Airport still alert to SARS danger
Patton pities rapist killer