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Viewpoint: What an odd spring

Written by Bill Streeter on .

This spring was hectic and delayed, all at the same time

Field conditions and rainfall amounts varied widely over MFA’s trade territory. Many farmers in southeastern Missouri and northeastern Arkansas had fields flooded and crops destroyed. Yet large swaths of the territory also had excellent fieldwork and planting conditions while others had just enough rain to delay field work and planting.

Several of our locations in southeast Missouri and northeast Arkansas were overrun by the floodwaters of the Mississippi in late spring. My heart goes out to the farmers in those areas who watched productive farm ground sink.

We had to evacuate entire MFA Agri Services Centers. In all of these situations, we had a lot of help from our dedicated employees, outside contractors, truckers and even customers who lent a hand or sometimes equipment. We owe all of those individuals a great debt of thanks.
We emptied facilities, evacuated materials, disconnected and moved electronic equipment, furniture and filing cabinets. Basically, we moved anything water could destroy or carry away. As the waters receded, we reversed the process at our Agri Services Centers. And we accomplished it in a two-week period so those stores were up and serving farmers.

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