Friday, April 17, 2020

April snow brings 2020 flooding considerations to Mississippi River farmers


April snow brings 2020 flooding considerations to Mississippi River farmers

Flooding is threatening river space farmers once more this yr.

Aledo, Illinois producer Kate Danner farms 15 miles east of the Mississippi River the place they obtained a number of inches of snow Thursday night time.

“It looks like an inch of snow is worse than in the event you had been to get a half of an inch of rain as a result of the chilly temperatures change the dynamic.”

Main as much as the snow, the Nationwide Climate Service positioned that space within the important river flooding class.  She says fortunately flooding from the Mississippi doesn’t normally attain her fields, however it does influence her advertising and marketing plan because the river terminals change into much less dependable.

“Proper now, ethanol crops are shutting down, so there will not be a number of choices for locations to go along with your grain as flooding continues.”

She says flooding has change into a relentless concern for farmers
nearer to the river as a result of the levees weren't designed to carry the quantity of
precipitation they've been getting for lengthy intervals of time.

“We have to see extra laws get handed for funding to construct up the locks and dams to deal with the present excessive of climate we're having.”

She says she hopes that will probably be addressed as soon as COVID-19 has subsided.

Danner serves as an At-Giant Director for the Illinois Corn Growers Affiliation.

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