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Too much rain diminishing crop yields

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This wet weather is good news to some farmers, but too much rain can turn into bad news.

In some areas in Macon County, 10, up to 15, acres of flooded fields.

"It's just kind of made a mess out of everything," said farmer David Brown of Brown and Brown Farms.

Mother Nature is washing out crops and diminishing corn yields.

"The good news is it's raining," he said. "The bad news is we can't get out there and get our work done."

"Right now we've probably taken 10 to 15 percent off of corn yield because of a shorter season," said agricultural communicator Stu Ellis.

And less production could mean price hikes.

"The livestock producers maybe having to pay 10 to 15 percent more than what they had thought but certainly not what they were having to pay last year," Ellis said.

And as most farmers stare at wet lands they could be looking at having to replant some of their crops.

"We're getting our subsoil moisture rebuilt back up but now it's delaying us to get our crop planted we should have been done probably two to three weeks ago," Brown said.

"That's not going to yield near as much as the rest of the field, so we may have taken a billion bushels or more off of our corn crop," Ellis explained.

But drought or down pour, "it goes with the territory. We've learned how to deal with it," Brown said.

It's going to be Mother Nature that dictates what farmers will have to deal with.

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