A flooded field
Figure 1. Crop fields in a large area of south central Nebraska were flooded this week after heavy rains, causing growers to rexamine their options for fields already late-planted or taken as prevented-planting. (Photos by Sarah SIvits)

Crop Impacts and Options After Mid-Season Flooding

July 12, 2019
Earlier this week south-central and central Nebraska were hit by heavy rains leading to flooding. Now farmers are asking: How long will the crop survive in standing water and what does this mean for the rest of the growing season?

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Bacterial stalk rot in corn

Diseases to Watch for in Flooded Crops

July 11, 2019
Producers, consultants, and agronomists should be alert to the potential for increased disease pressure in fields that experienced flooding in March or more recently. Here are some of the diseases you're most likely to see.

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RMA Changes Haying, Grazing Deadline on Prevent Plant Acres Planted to Cover Crops

June 20, 2019

Farmers who planted cover crops on prevented plant acres will be permitted to hay, graze or chop those fields earlier than November this year, USDA announced today. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) adjusted the 2019 final haying and grazing date from November 1 to September 1 to help farmers who were prevented from planting because of flooding and excess rainfall this spring.

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Sand-covered field with a center pivot
Figure 1. Due to March flooding and heavy May rains, some fields won't be planted this year. FSA asks that fields that won't be planted be reported as soon as possible and by the July 15 deadline.

Nebraska FSA Extends Prevented Planting Deadline to July 15

June 19, 2019

The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Nebraska is extending the deadline for producers to report their spring prevented plant crop acres.

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Connor Clark helps clear out the home of his grandfather, Dean Swim, in Winslow, Nebraska, on March 29, 2019.
Connor Clark helps clear out the home of his grandfather, Dean Swim, in Winslow, Nebraska, on March 29, 2019. (Photo by James Woolridge)

'Nebraska Strong' Counseling Program Launched

June 14, 2019
Mental health professionals and psychological first aid experts from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center are addressing flood-related mental health needs through the recently-launched Nebraska Strong Recovery Project.

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Applying for Reduced Valuation of Damaged Property

June 14, 2019
A Q&A on the process of applying to have your property value reduced if you suffered significant 2019 flood damage.

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New Law Allows Lower Taxes for Flood-Damaged Property

June 5, 2019
A new Nebraska law provides that property owners who suffered significant flood damage can apply to have their 2019 property taxes lowered. Damage must be reported on a new state form by July 15.

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Home damaged by natural disaster

Keeping Track of Your Assets

June 5, 2019
Creating an inventory of your property can make settling insurance claims a little less daunting, particularly when faced with the whole-house devastation of a flood, tornado, or other natural disaster. Here's how to start your inventory.

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