BROWN COUNTY - There's help available for farmers who had a lot of crop damage, from this year's extreme weather.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture designated two dozen counties, including several in our area, as natural disaster areas.
In those areas, crop loss was more than 30 percent, because of several freezes, excessive rain and lots of snow.
"This is the only field I got this high," said Raymond Diederich standing in one of his corn fields.
Most of the corn on Diederich's farm is not as tall as it should be at this point in the season.
"It's pretty short this year. We've got some that's about four inches tall, some that is about a foot tall. So it's a good six to eight inches behind," said Diederich.
Diederich said that's because of the cold, wet weather this spring. He said it pushed back the planting season by two to three weeks. And that will mean at least a 15 percent reduction of what he's able to grow.
"The yield will be less, quality we don't know yet. Quality still has a lot of time to make that up but we're for sure going to be less on yield because you got a lot less growing degree days left in the summer," said Diederich.
Help may be on the way for Diederich and other farmers. Two dozen counties have been designated by the USDA as disaster areas including Brown, Outagamie and Fond du Lac.
Gov. Scott Walker applied for the disaster assistance, which includes emergency loans for eligible farmers. In a statement, Walker said, "We appreciate the continued attention and assistance to help our farmers deal with the crop losses."
"We will definitely look at it," said Diederich.
Diederich said it's not just his corn, but his hay that is also weak from the weather. He uses the combination to feed his animals, and if he doesn't have enough, he'll have to buy more feed to make up the difference.
Diederich is planning on applying for the federal help, but he's not sure if he'll get any.
"If you've got corn planted and it's growing you really don't have damage so how do you collect on that. What we'd really like to see them do is come out with a program that allows us money for buying the extra expensive feed. That would help us a lot more," Diederich said.
Farmers have eight months to apply for help.
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