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CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mae Burke
Rockport farmers Kayla and Justin Butts on Monday harvest vegetables with a kayak to save what they can from their flooded fields.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mae Burke
Rockport farmers Kayla and Justin Butts on Monday harvest vegetables with a kayak to save what they can from their flooded fields.

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Mae Burke
Rockport farmers Kayla and Justin Butts on Monday harvest vegetables with a kayak to save what they can from their flooded fields.


By Beatriz Alvarado of the Caller-Times

A pair of Rockport farmers took matters into their own hands after their gardens flooded.

They harvested corn, melons and squash using a kayak, which resulted in only about a 20 percent loss of Kayla and Justin Butts' crops.

Most of the damaged crops were corn. It happens when the crops are prematurely exposed to a damaging heavy dose of water, Justin Butts said.

"The corn may recover, but we have more rain in the forecast," he said.

Most of Four String Farm's crops survived and the farmers still expect an excellent summer harvest, Justin Butts said.

He said a chain reaction that leads to an overpopulation of pests is initiated with heavy rains, which worries him the most.

"Pests have been worse than the past five or six years," he said. "This will mean (the problem) will only get worse."

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