It's been a little over a month since massive flooding hit the heartland and water levels continue to be an issue. "The Wall Street Journal" reports the Missouri River remains above flood stage in a 160 mile stretch from Nebraska City, Nebraska to St. Joseph, Missouri.
Many experts believe it could stay that way through the end of May. That's because of increased soil moisture and high water tables in the area.
There is a bit of good news in the flooding. The Associated Press is reporting flood-related cattle losses in Nebraska are likely well below initial figures. Reports of up to one million cattle being lost in the flooding are believed to no longer be accurate. That's according to the Nebraska Department of Agriculture Director. He told the "Omaha-World Herald" losses are likely to be in the thousands as his agency continues to count.
The report noted that some producers have reported losses of up to 200 head, but most have been between 10 to 40 cattle.
The Associated Press also noted the coming deadline for producers to apply for assistance from USDA will likely determine a more accurate number. Producers have until next Monday to apply for help from the Livestock Indemnity Program.
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