Tags: Food and Farm | Flooded Farmland

Receding Missouri River Reveals Badly Damaged Land

Friday, 23 Sep 2011 08:14 AM

 

OMAHA, Neb. — As the Missouri River slowly recedes, farmers are encountering sand dunes, debris and deep gouges the floodwaters carved into their once-fertile land.

The soil quality has also been hurt because of the floodwaters.

Officials don't expect all the floodwaters to disappear until sometime in October, so farmers will have little time to rehab their fields this fall because of harvest chores and the onset of winter.

That means many of the hundreds of thousands of acres of flooded farmland along the Missouri River may be out of production for at least a year — if not longer.

Nebraska farmer Scott Olson predicts that it will take several years to get the damaged land he farms near Tekamah back in shape for production.

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