Wave after wave of storm systems are expected to sweep through Leavenworth County in the next few weeks, and agricultural producers are concerned.

"Yes, it concerns us, but we move on and hope for the best," said Larry Theis, owner of April Valley Farms, a large farm operation west of Leavenworth.

The forecast is calling for more rain. There is at least a 50 percent chance of rain Saturday and a 20 percent chance of rain Sunday.

Scattered thunderstorms are predicted each day of next week, including a 40 percent chance of rain on Memorial Day.

The long-range forecast is calling for at least a chance of rain every day through the second week in June.

The National Weather Service reported more than four inches of rain fell Thursday in Leavenworth.

Jerry Wooley said Leavenworth County experienced a mild winter, which led many producers to get their crops in early.

Wooley is the district manager of the Leavenworth County Conservation District.

He said that due to heavy spring rains, many producers are concerned about their corn crop.

Some producers are concerned they will be unable to cut and dry their hay to market expectations.

Theis said the recent weather pattern is similar to one experienced in Leavenworth County about this time last year.

He said his corn crop looks good considering the recent rains, but the corn should be a little bigger at this time.

"Overall, the crops look good but we just need some sunshine," Theis said.

Tony Kramer is a producer who has an operation west of Easton. He grows corn and soybeans and runs cattle.

He said consistent rain prevents farmers from getting into the fields because their equipment can become stuck in the mud.

"We need to save some of this rain for July," Kramer said.

Larry Martin runs a small cattle operation in Leavenworth County. He said the rain has resulted in plush pasturelands.

But Martin said he has seen only one soybean field planted in the area.

"The rain is a blessing," said Brandon New, part owner of New Haven Angus Ranch in central Leavenworth County. "Yeah, we've had plenty of rain but it will shut off at some point."

New said the persistent rain has a benefit – it allows producers to get in their shops and work on overdue projects.

New said the rain totals have not reached a critical stage yet.

"But it would be nice to get out of the shop and back into the field," he said.

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