Sept. 12 Webinar to Address Flood Recovery for Cropland - UNL CropWatch

Sept. 12 Webinar to Address Flood Recovery for Cropland - UNL CropWatch

Aug. 28, 2011
(Updated Sept. 7 with new viewing sites)

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As waters recede from farmland that has been covered for several months by Missouri River flooding, Iowa State University (ISU) Extension and University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Extension are jointly hosting a program to address agriculture issues farmland managers are facing.

Viewing Sites

Program: 9:30 a.m. – noon Monday, Sept. 12


  • Blair at the Blair City Hall Council Chambers, 218 S. 16th St. contact: Steve Tonn, 402-426-9455
  • Center at Knox County Courthouse Annex, 308 Bridge St., Contact: Ruth Vonderohe, 402-288-5611
  • Dakota City at the USDA Service Center, 1505 Broadway, contact Keith Jarvi or Carol Larvick, 402-987-2140
  • Falls City at the Courthouse, 1700 Stone St., Lower Level, contact Lindsay Chichester, 402-254-4324
  • Hartington at the Cedar County Extension Office, 101 E. Centre St., contact Jackie Steffen, 402-254-6821
  • Omaha at the Douglas/Sarpy Extension Office, 8015 W. Center Road, contact Vernon Waldren or Monte Stauffer, 402-444-7804
  • Tekamah at the City Auditorium, 1315 K St., contact: John Wilson, 402-374-2929
  • Auburn at the Education Service Unit #4, 919 16th St., contact Gary Lesoing, 402-274-4755


  • Council Bluffs at the Lied Multipurpose Center, 3501 Harry Langdon Blvd., contact Cheri Boyer or Rachel Summy, 712-366-7070
  • Logan at the Harrison County Extension Office, 304 E. 7th St., contact Richard Pope, 712-644-2105
  • Malvern at the Mills County Extension Office, 415 Main St., contact Sherry Ford, 712-624-8616
  • Onawa at th Monona County Extension Office, 119 Iowa Ave., contact Melanie Holt, 712-423-2175
  • Sidney at the Fremont County Extension Office, 610 Clay St., contact Andrea Rexroth, 712-374-2351
  • Sioux City at the Woodbury County Extension Office, 4301 Sergeant Road, contact Kristi Van Zanten, 712-276-2157

 South Dakota

  • Mitchell at the Davison County Extension Complex, 3200 W. Havens St., contact Heather Larson, 605-539-9471
  • Kennebec at the Lyman County Courthouse Commissioners Room, 300 S Main St., contact Bob Fanning, 605-869-2226


  • Higginsville at the Lafayette County Extension Center, 14 E. 19th St., contact Whitney Wiegel, 660-584-3658
  • Kansas City at the Platte County Extension Center, 11724 NW Plaza Circle, Suite 300, contact Crystal Weber, 816-407-3490
  • Oregon at the Holt County Extension Center, Courthouse Annex, 101 E. Missouri, contact Wayne Flanary, 660-446-3724
  • Portageville at the University of Missouri Delta Research Center, 147 State Hwy T, ITV Room 111, contact Mona Wells or Gene Stevens, 573-379-5431


The Flood Recovery for Cropland program will be conducted via webinar at several viewing sites in both states from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Monday, Sept. 12. Extension staff will host the workshop sites and facilitate questions to the panel of speakers.

This program is intended for growers, consultants, land owners (including absentee), bankers, and other agribusiness professionals affected by the Missouri River flooding. Topics and extension presenters will include:

  • Sedimentation and debris removal, Shawn Shouse, ISU extension ag engineer;
  • Managing post flooding soils: flooded soil syndrome, Mahdi Al-Kaisi, ISU extension soil specialist;
  • Cover crops for soil health, Paul Jasa, UNL extension engineer; and
  • Leases and crop insurance on flooded land, William Edwards, ISU extension farm management specialist.

Rick Koelsch, UNL associate dean of extension, will moderate the panel.

“It is important for us to share information with those tasked with caring for farmland post flooding, but it is also important for Extension to hear the concerns and specific issues these folks have on their land,” said Shawn Shouse, ISU extension ag engineer and planning committee member. “There is science that we can apply to this situation, but there is much that comes from farmer experience.”

“Using webinar technology helps us reach the most people on both sides of the river without having them travel great distances,” said John Wilson, UNL Extension educator and event co-chair. “It also allows for informal discussion at each site among those who have been most affected by the flood and with extension staff.”

Physical damage to farm ground may include obvious things like erosion and sand deposition. But some effects are invisible, having to do with the loss of soil microbes and soil structure. Land managers need to start planning and acting as the waters recede so that the soil can be productive again for next year.

The Extension agriculture educator hosting the workshop at each location will be available after the webinar for additional questions and concerns if needed.

Further information on the Flood Recovery for Cropland Program will be available on the ISU and UNL extension websites: and

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