FarmPolicy

March 26, 2017

Flooding Slows Harvest in an Already Stressful Year

From the front page of Wednesday’s Des Moines Register

Donnelle Eller reported on the front page of today’s Des Moines Register that, “Dan Zumbach lost 50 acres of corn when the Cedar River flooded. Yet he considers himself lucky.

Most of his 160 acres would have been lost if not for family, friends and neighbors who gathered Saturday with combines, grain carts and semitrailer trucks to harvest a field near Palo. They worked from noon until 11 p.m. before the rising waters forced them to quit.”

The Register article stated that, “Iowa’s widespread thunderstorms and torrential rains have done more than flood Iowa’s cities and towns. They have also slowed much of the state’s corn and soybean harvest.

“Officials are trying to assess how many acres have been impacted by flooding, but it’s likely to be thousands, they say.

“Many farmers hope to begin combining in the next couple days, but it could take some growers as long as two weeks before they’re able to harvest soybeans and corn, said state Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey, who farms near Spirit Lake, an area that also was inundated with rain last week.”

Ms. Eller added that, “The shrinking window to reap what’s expected to be a record harvest is adding to an already stressful year. Many growers are struggling to post a profit, and they’re hoping strong yields will help offset lower corn and soybean prices.”

For additional information on the adverse impact the rains have had on harvest prospects in the upper Midwest, including a recent report on crop insurance related issues to flooding, just click here.

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