No one ever claimed there was a rhyme or reason to Mother Nature’s fury. From extreme heat and drought to the threat of tropical storms and flooding, most of the U.S. has been burdened with some type of weather issue since early spring. When it comes to flooding in the Midwest, by the middle of August water releases from Garrison Dam will be cut back and Army Corp Engineers estimate that by this fall, residents will be able to move back into their homes along the flooded Missouri Valley.
The river should be back in its banks by October but that leaves a question in the minds of many farmers: what about the farm ground?
Greg Austin, precision ag specialist for NMC Technologies in Omaha, Neb., an Ag Leader Blue Delta Dealer, gives us a “from the field” perspective on the potential impact the flooding could have on fields along the Missouri.
Austin says farmers’ use of precision ag tool such as yield maps will play a bigger role as the water recedes, the damage is surveyed and farmers decide how to move forward.
The waiting and watching continues this fall and well into the 2012 planting season.
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