Meteorologists from Maxar Technologies anticipate at least half a million acres were flooded in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. This includes 211,684 corn acres and 226,809 soybean acres (crops grown in 2018). River levels are still rising with rainfall and snowmelt.
“Major flooding is inevitable in the coming weeks as a deep snowpack continues to melt across the Red River Valley, an important corn, soybean and spring wheat growing area,” said Kyle Tapley, senior agricultural meteorologist for Maxar, in a recent news release.
Furthermore, Planalytics, a business weather intelligence firm, is forecasting more spring flooding.
“Planalytics estimates ,” the company said in a recent press release.
Farmers might be able to recoup some losses—even if they’re not from stored grain. Check insurance coverage to see if flood insurance is included. If not, some farmers might qualify for FEMA benefits. Learn more .