An Extension agronomist in Nebraska says flood damage to farmland in his area is extensive.
Nathan Mueller covers Dodge and Washington counties in east-central Nebraska. “Dodge and Washington are heavy in terms of acres in flood plains,” Mueller says. “For example, just in Dodge County, that’s about 176-thousand acres. Over half the acres have some type of flood damage.”
Mueller says a lot of work will have to be done to get those fields ready for planting this spring.
“There’s sentiment buildup and debris removal that are going to be major obstacles. But then there’s also areas where there’s erosion that they’re going to have to fill in,” he says. “So given the time this happened here, with planting being probably a month away, there’s going to be parts of fields and accessibility to some fields that might limit, obviously, some acres getting in the ground this spring.”
Mueller is helping to coordinate hay and feed donations for livestock producers in that area. He can be reached at the Dodge County Extension office in Fremont.