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HEAVY RAIN: Storms over June 27-28 inundated Bruce Schmoll's soybean field, which he documented during a canoe trip through the flooded acres.

Paddling through southeast Minnesota soybean field

Video: Bruce Schmoll documents a canoe trip through his field that had been flooded by heavy rains June 27-28.

Bruce Schmoll offers another take on “outstanding in his field.”

After getting around 7 inches of rain June 27-28, the Claremont, Minn., farmer’s soybean field was flooded with 2 feet of water.

So Schmoll did the only thing he could: He hauled out his canoe and took advantage of the photo-op. He made three brief videos and shared them with The Farmer.

With dry humor, Schmoll noted his new attempt at aquaculture in southeast Minnesota and pointed out where the future walleye hot spot will be.

He added that he might be breaking the law as his canoe license isn’t up to date and he and a companion were not wearing life jackets.

“We’re on nonpublic land so that’s not a concern at this point,” he says in the video.

Flash floods

Thunderstorms pounded that region of the state, closing the Rochester International Airport for several hours overnight due to water over the runways. That site received 5 inches of rain in six hours, according to the National Weather Service.

Flash flooding occurred on the South Branch of the Middle Fork of the Zumbro River north of Byron. Around 40 cattle were swept away from pastureland. Video of the cattle struggling in the flooded river made local and national news.

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