Flood Resources for Crops and Cropland
CropWatch is a central resource for Nebraska Extension information on crop production and pest management, including flood and storm damage information when the need arises. Articles are written by Extension educators and specialists throughout the state. Some of the stories are linked below. For additional resources, please search CropWatch or see CropWatch.unl.edu/tags/flooding (most recent articles). Also check Crop Reports for recent field reports and photos.
When heavy rains lead to flooding and standing water in fields, these resources can aid in assessment of crop damage and help inform important decision-making for the remainder of the season.
Ponding or flooding of fields affects corn differently at different stages, depending on the duration of flooding and other factors. Growers should assess the potential for nitrogen loss and increase scouting for corn disease in these fields.
Soybean plants are generally able to withstand a fair amount of flooding in the short term; however, diseases favored by wet conditions may become a problem for the rest of the season. Research shows the length of time the soil is wet and the type of soil will affect plant injury and survival.
Disaster recovery can be as dangerous as the disaster itself, especially on farms and ranches where machinery and equipment, livestock, and agricultural chemicals are displaced and co-mingled. Check out these recommendations from eXtension.org to stay safe.
This resource describes how to assess flood damage to the interior and exterior of farm buildings, including what to look for now and what could weaken the structure or cause health concerns later. Pesticides pose a special concern during floods. Learn how to protect your farm and what to do in case of problems:
- Protecting Chemicals from Storms and Floods
- Pesticide Storage Concerns During a Flood
- Flooded Pesticides
Flooding affects both the stored grain and the structures. If your stored grain becomes flooded, consider the flooded grain contaminated and remove the good grain from above. This Iowa State Univeristy Extension resource offers recommendations for salvaging as much quality grain as possible. More
2011 Missouri River Flood Resources
Learn about flood recovery resources and programs available through NRCS, FSA, RMA, and the Army Corps of Engineers in a multi-state webinar recorded December 14 and now available online.
Representatives of state and federal offices joined with university extension to offer a 2 1/2-hour webinar for farmers and landowners affected by the 2011 Missouri River flood. In addition to the government representatives, two farmers (one from Nebraska and one from Iowa) shared their experiences in repairing the physical and biological properties of their fields.
Following are resources which may be helpful to reference as you review information from the program.
- View Farming after the Flood Webinar Segments
The webinar will be posted to the Web for later viewing and will be linked from this page.
Archived Webinar I: Flood Recovery for Cropland
The Webinar Flood Recovery for Cropland Ã has been archived on-line and is now available in the following segments:
- Flood Information for Crop Lands Introduction Rick Koelsch, UNL associate dean of extension
- Sedimentation and Debris Removal Ã Shawn Shouse. ISU Extension Agricultural Engineer
- Managing Post Flooding Soils Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU Extension Soil Management/Environment Specialist
- Cover Crops for Soil Health Paul Jasa, UNL Extension Engineer
- Flooded Crops, Insurance Payments, and Lease Contracts William Edwards, ISU Extension Economist
- Webinar Q&A plus follow-up Q&A from all four speakers
To submit your questions to a panel of extension faculty and staff in Iowa and Nebraska, use the Ask an Expert link on this page.
ISU and UNL Fact Sheets on Post-Flooding Cropland
- Repairing Flood-Damaged Farm Fields
- Flooded Soil Syndrome
- Cover Crops for Soil Health
- Flood-Damaged Crops, Crop Insurance Payments, and Lease Contracts
CropWatch, UNL Crop Production and Pest Management Information
USDA Farm Service Agency programs are available to assist with the impact and recovery from the floods. including the
- SURE program (PDF file, 346KB)
- Non-insured Crop Disaster Assistance program (PDF file, 302KB)
- Emergency Conservation Program (PDF file, 125KB)
Pesticide Storage Concerns - University of Florida - Cooperative Extension Service
Flood Information for Farms & Ranches (NDSU) - North Dakota State University Flood Information
Special Considerations for Agricultural Producers - University of Florida - Cooperative Extension Service
Preparing to Evacuate Your Farm- University of Florida - Cooperative Extension Service
Floods and Crops - Iowa State University -The Center for Food Security & Public Health
Floods and Farm - Iowa State University -The Center for Food Security & Public Health
Crops and Cropland information provided by: John A Wilson, Extension Educator, Northeast Research & Extension Center, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Crops and Cropland information provided by: Lisa Jasa, Communications Specialist, University of Nebraska