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Fort Gibson farmers replanting after multiple floods

Posted at 4:49 PM, Jun 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-30 18:20:39-04

After multiple devastating floods hit Green Country, several farmers are replanting during this warm weather.

Garland Phillips' farm sits right by where the Arkansas and Verdigris Rivers meet.

His farm flooded three times in a month, now Phillips is looking to start over.

The third-generation farmer says he's been doing this since the 1940s.

He's only experienced three major floods, and tells us this was the worst.

Phillips tried to get out multiple times and replant, but through the month of June rising water continued to be a battle.

This weekend the ground was dry enough to put in a soybean crop.

Although crop insurance will allow them to break even for the hundreds of lost wheat acres, he's hopeful this late summer crop will give them a profit to last until next year.

Garland Phillips told us "A guy asked me once if I invest in the stock market. I said every day. Because the price of beans, the price of corn, the price of cattle. Everything goes like this in cycles."

Phillips says with where we're at for the length of days, this weekend is pretty much the end of planting season for soybeans, and he's grateful they could begin putting down seeds just in time.

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