High fuel prices and wet weather have farmers facing tough times - WDRB 41 Louisville News

High fuel prices and wet weather have farmers facing tough times

Local farmers are facing tough times with high fuel prices and a very wet spring.  Flooding in parts of Southern Indiana have forced some soybean farmers to delay planting.

Terry Vissing of Clark County, Indiana is getting his combine ready to harvest his wheat field.  Vissing and other farmers in the county have had one of the toughest springs in several years.  The wet ground is just now drying out from all the rain in the spring.

Luckily, he and other farmers have crop insurance.  But a world-wide food shortage and U.S. crop shortages in Iowa, Illinois, and south central Indiana are keeping demand for crops up -- meaning prices are higher for consumers and farmers.

Vissing is getting paid about double what he used to for his corn, soybeans, and wheat.  But, he says, he also has increased fuel costs to run machines like his combine.

And to capitalize on the good prices now, he's making sure to harvest this wheat right away. before it could get ruined by severe weather in the forecast.

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