On Friday, June 22 Rock Valley Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo issued a State of Emergency calling for evacuations for parts of the city due to rising flood waters. Dairy producers and businesses handling food and grocery items in flood affected areas need to reduce the impact to their operations.
Several guidelines and fact sheets are available to help identify actions that need to be taken.
For more information producers should contact their local Iowa State University Extension and Outreach office, in Sioux County that number is 712.737.4230.
Our topography and soil types prevent most crop damage during flooding; however, time, temperature and plant growth status are major factors that affect the extent of crop damage after a flood. This may become an issue with a prolonged rainy period. A June or July flood, for example, is often much worse for crop survival than a spring flood. The warmer mid-summer weather increases the rate of damage and death to submerged plants. During spring flooding, temperatures are colder and plants can survive longer under water.
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