AgWeb Slideshow: Flooding in the Midwest

June 23, 2008 07:00 PM

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Flooding in the Midwest

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  • 6/3 - Central Illinois: Wet fields. Here's a shot I took last week showing geese enjoying a puddle in an unplanted field in Central Illinois. 
    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor 


  • 6/9 - Around Champaign, Illinois: This water resulted from 5.5” that fell last week in about 24 hours. Farmers won't be able to get into these fields for some time. And there is a threat of more rain on the way. Here are a few more photos of the floods that have swamped farmland in central Illinois. This standing water was the result of many inches of rain the state has seen since last week. 
    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor 


  • 6/10 - Smithville, Missouri: Plenty of rain has caused flooded fields in Northwest Missouri. This area is about 5 miles down river from a dam, but there is nowhere for the water to go. We had 2 inches in one hour the other day.
    -- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor 


  • 6/10 - Warren County, Mississippi: Wheat under water. Doug Jeter needs a boat to visit his 150 acres of wheat near the Yazoo River. He holds a wheat head that grew on one of the higher spots in his flooded wheat field in Warren County on April 8, 2008. 
    -- Photo by Linda Breazeale/Mississippi State University Ag Communications 


  • 6/11 - Johnson County, Indiana: Gully erosion. Gully erosion near the Blue River. Pictures taken on 6/11/08. 


  • 6/12 - More Flooding in Iowa: Top Producer Editor Greg Vincent was traveling in Iowa on June 11 and snapped a few photos of the flooding occurring around Des Moines. This the mile-long bridge at Saylorville Lake about 20 miles north of downtown Des Moines. The level tonight is 890.21 feet and record flood stage is 892.3 set in 1993. The flood gates are wide open now, and this is where the water came from that flooded Des Moines today. The level is expected to top out on Sunday around 891 feet above sea level. The water in this picture is less than 10 feet from the bottom of the bridge. The bottom photo is a common site in Iowa. (Photos taken June 11)
    -- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor 


  • 6/12 - Miami County, Ohio: We had close to 5 inches of rain in the early morning of June 3rd.  It goes without saying that water cannot get away quick enough with that much rain in less than 6 hours. So the water backed up and came over the banks of the ditch that runs through our farm. When the water receded, it left a limited number of viable corn and soybean plants. But, it also left an abundance of trash that is residue from corn stalks and soybean stubble from the previous year's crop. And behold…, a new found crop!!!
    -- Bill and Shauna Wilkins of Troy, Ohio 


  • 6/12 - Central Iowa: Wide-spread floods. Photos were taken on Tuesday, during a plane ride from Cedar Falls to Jefferson, Iowa.
    -- Chip Flory, Pro Farmer Editor/Publisher 


  • 6/13 - Carlisle, Iowa: Top Producer Editor Greg Vincent was traveling in Iowa this week and took this photo of corn planted in saturated soil due to the high amounts of rain in the area. This isn't flood damage, just highly saturated soil. Flooding occurred within three quarters of a mile from there, but this is just typical of the topography for Central and North Central Iowa. The fields are flat with very black soil and they hold water forever.
    -- Greg Vincent, Top Producer Editor 


  • 6/13 - Crawford County, Illinois: Northern part of county received 8-9" of rain the night of Friday, 6/6. Woke up to raging creeks and rivers, water going over roads and bridges it never had before. All of the creeks drain into the Wabash or the Embarass (Ambraw) Rivers. By noon Sunday, the Embarass River had overflowed the levee in the southwestern part of the county, resulting in numerous levee breaks and thousands of acres under water. The beans I had planted in the bottom on Friday morning are now under 12' of water. The Wabash levees held, but flooding was still a problem on the eastern side of the county. The majority of the corn in the county had to be replanted after large rains and cold weather in May. Now most of the beans in the low-lying areas or those planted within a day or two of the rain will have to be replanted. Bean planting was just getting underway, so there are probably more acres to be planted than replanted. Received another 3" on 6/10 and are forecast for 1-3" this Friday, 6/13. I've never planted beans in July before, but I probably will this year. Pictures are of the Embarass River overflowing the levee at the upper end of the drainage district. When the bottom got full and the river was still flowing in.  Barricades put up on one road weren't of much use by Monday morning.
    -- Rhonda Musgrave of Oblong, IL 


  • 6/15 - Blanchardville, Wisconsin: Flooding in the northern Midwest. This is usually very productive land. 8 inches of rain this past week.
    -- Michael Berg, Blanchardville, Wisconsin 


  • 6/15 - Northwest Missouri, Missouri River flooding, near Brownville, Nebraska: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith traveled from Champaign Illinois to Topeka Kansas over the weekend. He said: Illinois, along I-72, and Missouri, along U.S. 36, looked the worst, with many fields still not planted. All the crops that were planted were far behind normal development. Most fields between Topeka and Shenandoah appear to be planted, but they are behind schedule, also. Although fields all along our route were wet, we saw no actual flooding until we crossed the Missouri River on 136 at Brownville, Neb.
    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor 


  • 6/15 - Southeast Iowa Louisa/Des Moines Counties: The newspaper said today 2 million acres of soybeans and 1.3 million acres of corn have been lost due to flooding in Iowa so far. Please keep all the farmers in these situations across the Midwest in your prayers. Here are a few pictures of the devastation of the Iowa River around Oakville, IA, levees breached and left 35,000 Acres (a conservative estimation) of bottom ground under water.  


  • 6/20 - West Quincy, Missouri: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith has spent the last two days around Quincy, Ill., documenting the flood-related events. A farm family near West Quincy, Mo. walks across a railroad trestle, to check one of their fields. The levee around that field has held, so far.
    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor 


  • 6/23 - LaGrange, Missouri: Farm Journal Conservation and Machinery Editor Darrell Smith spent the end of last week along the Mississippi River in Missouri and Illinois, documenting the flood-related events. The photos show an elevator employee checking an elevator in LaGrange, MO, by boat. Although the elevator is surrounded by water, he told me it had sustained no damage yet, because it was protected by sandbag/plastic barriers, as of June 20.
    -- Darrell Smith, Farm Journal Conservation & Machinery Editor


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