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Excessive summer rainfall damaged Kentucky crops this year

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Larry Schenck looks at some of his corn, which suffered under excessive summer rainfall in June 2015. Larry Schenck looks at some of his corn, which suffered under excessive summer rainfall in June 2015.

BOSTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- The sun is shining bright on Larry Schenck's Nelson County farm now, but it isn't making up for the twelve inches of rain that's fallen on his crops since mid-June.

“I'm personally going to lose about 30 percent of my corn and 30 percent of my bean crop,” Schenck said.

Schenck took us on a ride to show us his flooded crops, but the ground is still so wet, the car we were riding in got stuck.

Another indication is the standing water in his fields and the difference in color in his soybeans. Standing water also keeps Schenck from being able to spray his fields, causing weeds to take over.

"I tried yesterday and was leaving eight and 12 inch ruts and tried to back up two or three times just to get through it, and I just made a mess,” said Schenck.

He has insurance but Schenck says that likely won't cover all his losses.

“Last time I collected on it, I got enough to pay my premium,” he said.

Schenck farms 450 acres.

He says if he'd known how much of that was going to flood, he never would have planted seed to begin with.

“You just watch it rise. It will rise about four, six, eight inches an hour and it's kind of torture,” he said about the water.

In the end, Schenck says his losses likely won't impact shelf prices.

"You expect for them to go up a little bit, prices will. But for a loaf of bread, you know it'd be a penny on a dollar,” he said.

Schenck says now he just waits for his land to dry and see what he can harvest come September. 

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