The 1,400 acres of land that he and his son have lost represent nearly half of the 3,000 acres they would be farming, he says.
Rising waters also have forced producers to move buildings, or put up new ones, and are swamping roads, hindering or even preventing access to fields, he says.
"Unless you see it for yourself, you can't realize how bad it us," he says.
The late March storm brought about 0.75 of an inch of moisture to the city of Devils Lake, says Jeff Frith, manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board.
Devils Lake has about 7,100 residents.
The area north of Devils Lake generally received less moisture than the town, while the area south of town received more precipitation, he says.
"We just didn't need any more," Frith says.
Information from: Agweek, http://www.agweek.com
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.