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Naig says flooding in NW Iowa “not seen since 1993”

Iowa’s Ag Secretary says farmers in the northwest part of the state are experiencing historic flooding not seen since 1993.

Mike Naig says while the forecast is showing a reprieve from additional rainfall, those downstream need to be prepared as water heads south.

In comments regarding the latest weekly crop report from USDA, he says the damage to homes, businesses, farms, crops, livestock, and public infrastructure will likely be substantial and costly.

In the latest update, corn is rated 77 percent good to excellent statewide with development near average.

Soybeans are called 74 percent good to excellent, and seven percent of the crop is blooming.

The first cutting of alfalfa is nearly complete, and USDA reporters note feedlots remain muddy.

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