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Wet weather delays planting season

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ORRICK, MO (KCTV) -

We've seen more than our share of rain and snow this spring and, after nearly a yearlong drought, you'd think that would be a welcome sign for farmers. But the wet weather is causing some headaches of its own.

A scarf and standing water are two things no farmer wants to see this time of year. Wet and cold are causing all kinds of headaches.

Dennis Brown has been walking the grounds of his family farm in Orrick, MO, for decades and if there's one thing he's learned, people have to be patient.

"You can't make anything happen. They happen when the good Lord's ready to let you do it."

But the last few years have been tough for even the most patient - a mental whiplash from flooding, to drought, to cold and wet again.

Brown has seen it all from the cab of his pickup where he makes the rounds of his 350 acres.

Farmers are worried now a heavy snowpack and steady rains could mean a repeat of 2011 flooding, when the Missouri River covered surrounding fields.

"I lost about 10 percent of what I had down here, but those guys lost a lot more," Brown said.

Already the rain and cold have stopped farmers from getting corn in the ground, and wheat is suffering and stunted.

"See the yellow out all through that wheat, and it should be about knee high now," Brown said.

Even the grass hasn't come in right. Farmers are still having to feed hay to their cattle a lot later than they'd like.

Still, Brown says it's all part of the challenge, knowing nothing is guaranteed.

"It's kind of a gamble, every year. Even though you've got insurance, it is still a risk you take," Brown said.

Brown says the next two weeks will be critical to get everything in the ground and get spring back on track.

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