Ag Impacts of South-Central Nebraska Flooding Are Unknown

by Will Bauer, NET News

July 11, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

Flooding in south-central Nebraska continued to move downstream today. As the water moves east from Kearney to Grand Island, farmers are left to wait to see the impacts of the latest floods.

For most of them, the effects are unknown. Sarah Sivits, crop and water extension educator for Dawson Buffalo and Hall counties, said it’s too soon to tell the impacts of the flooding, but for many farmers in the area, this is second time they’re facing flooding this year.

“And that’s incredibly frustrating," Sivits said. "Put delayed planting on top of that and having to take prevent-plant acres, it’s been really stressful for them. It’s really been a struggle.”

Prevented-planting acreage is land eligible for insurance coverage because of a natural disaster. Sivits said delayed planting means more young crops, which are far more susceptible to damage from flooding. Long periods of time under water and high temperatures make it tough for plants to get enough oxygen. Sivits recommends farmers keep diligent records of flood damage.