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June 25, 2014 06:08 PM

Despite Flooding, Farmer Expects Good Crop

Take a drive through the rural area near Brandon, South Dakota, and you will likely spot Cherry Rock Farm. The place grows sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplants -- just to name a few vegetables it puts on your plate.

Cherry Rock is owner David Picasso's 89-year-old masterpiece, and it has been handed down three generations and counting.

"Now my son's going to take over. Let me sit down a while," David Picasso said.

Last week, the fields were under water. Flooding from the storms drowned his land. 

The owner says the water was so high, he thought this season would be a wash. Well, he says he's amazed.

"Where we're standing, here was probably eight feet deep of water. Well over my head here," Picasso said.

The fields have mostly dried out. Picasso and his son were transplanting new sprouts to replace the crops they lost.  Thankfully, he did not lose everything.  Picasso said about a third of it is gone.

"It's a blessing that we have anything to sell," Picasso said. "This year's going to work out alright, too, you know. Because we still have a living this year. It'll work out."

Picasso's positive attitude is not an abstract concept. It comes from years and years of farming, which have taught him to count on a few ups and downs.

"The land, usually on the river bottom is river lane soil. Very rich. But it is also comes with floods once in a while," Picasso said.

Picasso sells his vegetables on his land, and he said it has become a fixture for people every year.

"I'd have a lot of customers that would be sad if this place went under," Picasso said.

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