Ponding, livestock loss reported in northwest Iowa

Photo courtesy of Kelly Nieuwenhuis/X

A northwest Iowa farmer says the recent round of heavy rains in the Upper Midwest have had a major impact on agriculture.

Kelly Nieuwenhuis raises corn and soybeans on 2700 acres in O’Brien County. “Seeing a lot of ponding and a lot of crops that had been underwater, which surprisingly now we could use a little shower to wash the dirt off of them because they’re pretty well covered with mud and that makes it tough for them to survive.”

He tells Brownfield some of his replanted acres have been flooded out. “They won’t be replanted again at this stage. We may put on some cereal rye or something in those areas where there’s no crop.”

Nieuwenhuis says many farmers have suffered some livestock loss. “I know of one young person that had has a cow calf operation that the other morning had lost 30 cows and calves. They were missing.”

The National Weather Service says flood warnings continue for the Missouri River and number of other rivers and streams in the region.

AUDIO: Northwest Iowa farmer Kelly Nieuwenhuis 6-25-2024

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