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Mauro Lisiardo, a producer from the Cañada Seca area, in the General Villegas district of Buenos Aires, has his farm on the hills of the mills and tanks, in spaces where there is practically no place for them to lie down. He feeds her with a ration because she has already run out of grass. The water advances. He also has 70% of his crops under water. A situation that is repeated in much of western Buenos Aires where the 450 millimeters that fell in recent days left thousands of hectares flooded and many producers suffering the consequences, concerned because they assure that due to the lack of infrastructure works, the rainwater does not drain and they will lose their crops and they will be left without food for the animals.

In this sense, Daniel Colombo, president of the Rural Society of General Villegas, a party of 724,000 hectares, explained that the millimeters that have fallen in recent days in the area will mainly affect the lower lots, which are mostly planted with soybeans. of second “We expect a significant loss because if the water is not removed in one or two days, the crop is lost,” he said.

A field in Cañada Seca, in the Buenos Aires party of General Villegas

The rains in the region were longed for by the producers after the drought and the heat wave of two weeks ago that brought temperatures of more than 42 degrees. “The lagoons were dry, so these rains recharge the profile, the water tables were low, so it is necessary for this time that a lot of water is consumed, but it rained more than expected,” he said.

Germán Fernández, a producer who has a field in Cañada Seca, has already given up all its harvest. It has more than 70% of the 700 hectares of mixed production between leased fields and its own flooded. “The soybean is covered by water, it will most likely rot because it has been in these conditions for two days, the sky is cloudy and there are rain forecasts for today and tomorrow,” he said.

The field of German Fernández in Cañada Seca, underwater
The field of German Fernández in Cañada Seca, underwater

He moved the farm to an area that has not yet been flooded. Many of their neighbors have been forced to remove their cattle from the fields because they are completely covered by water. “They are not going to drown me, but it is going to impact the production. On there is no possibility of selling because all the roads are flooded, it is impossible to enter in those conditions. We do not resist more water“, he claimed.

Something similar was raised by Lisiardo, who detailed: “If in one or two days the water doesn’t go down a bit, I’m thinking of leaving the farm on some hill with a lot of corn, sunflower or soybeans so that they have a place to lie down, at least”, he commented. It works 1,500 hectares located in Cañada Seca, between Piedras and Rufino, of which 1,000 are with water practically up to a person’s waist.

The producer has 70% of crops with water. The flooded in the field with animals as it climbs to 90%. “Everything is going to depend on the water going down, but I will have insurance against losses because it is difficult for them to resist,” he said.

Meanwhile, 30 hectares destined for moha to feed the animals are flooded. “With an average yield of 4,000 kilos per hectare and rolls of 500 kilos, it is a loss of 8 rolls per hectare, a total of 240. In general, we feed everything from the field. The rolls are more destined for the winter when we are short of grass or pasture. Just like the grains we’re giving him now. All of this is food that we have destined for the most complicated times,” he explained.

Faced with this scenario, he complained about the “lack of pipeline work.” And he added: “It hasn’t rained for three days and every day I have more water.”

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