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USA - Soybean farmers in western Iowa remain flooded

Over 390,000 bushels of soybeans have been potentially destroyed.

Soybean farmers in western Iowa are picking up the pieces after flash floods and rapid snowmelt caused ample losses in grain storage and equipment.

While the waters will take time to recede, farmers should act immediately to mitigate the long-term impact. Sidney farmer and Iowa Soybean Association Director Jeff Jorgenson is living the nightmare.

“This flooding was higher than it was in 2011,” said the farmer from Sidney, a small town located in Fremont County and hit hard by the flooding. “When the Missouri crested March 19, it became a wait and see game. We’re holding our breath and assessing the severity of the long-term damage.”

Among the 31 growers in Fremont County with grain in storage, over 390,000 bushels of soybeans have been potentially destroyed, with total crop losses estimated at $7.3 million. That number, Jorgenson said, will likely increase as flood waters retreat.

The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) urges farmers to work with their insurance providers and take inventory of any damage. The department’s website provides a list of resources for those impacted.

“We want to remind farmers that if their grain comes in contact with flood waters it may be adulterated and should not be fed to livestock,” IDALS said in a statement. “Red Cross, Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity are leading the human relief efforts. If individuals want to help with livestock relief, we encourage them to do so on the local level. When times get tough, Iowans come together to help their neighbors.”

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