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Storms stop fieldwork

By Staff | May 29, 2013

The weekend storm that started Friday afternoon and continued through Sunday, stopped all fieldwork, but has likely caused yield loss, or acreage loss to corn as farmers consider switching to soybeans.

Rachel Halbach, an agronomist for Hagie Manufacturing in Clarion, said this season any nitrogen stabilizer farmers applied last fall “will be paying for itself.”

Rainfall amounts, according to Bob Streit, an independent crop consultant from Ames, said prior to the weekend rains, the Northcentral Iowa region had accumulated 8 inches of moisture with at least half of that falling on farm fields Friday through Sunday.

Th Associated Press been reporting on the impacts of the holiday weekend rainfall.

These include:

Storms knock out power to thousands

DES MOINES (AP) – A powerful thunderstorm system has knocked out power to thousands of people in western Iowa.

MidAmerican Energy reports that nearly 3,100 customers were without power as of 5:15 a.m. Monday. More than 2,800 of those customers are in the Council Bluffs area.

Officials report that falling trees and limbs damaged buildings and vehicles beneath, but no injuries have been reported.

Heavy rain and some hail also were reported.

Officials close state parks as rivers rise

DES MOINES (AP) – Flooding has forced the closure of several Iowa state parks.

The Department of Natural Resources says Tuesday that George Wyth State Park in Black Hawk County will likely be closed through the weekend because of flooding by the Cedar River.

In Webster County, part of Dolliver State Park has closed because of flooding by the Des Moines River.

Officials have closed Walnut Woods State Park because the city of West Des Moines could close an access road due to possible flooding by the Raccoon River.

Near Guthrie Center, Springbrook State Park has closed because of flooding on Springbrook Creek and the Middle Raccoon River.

In the Des Moines area, the Neal Smith Trail along the Des Moines River will likely flood as more water is released from Saylorville Lake.

Iowans deal with flooded basements,

closed roads

DES MOINES (AP) – Iowa rivers are overflowing after many locations in the state received up to 8 inches of rain since Friday.

Portions of at least 10 state highways are covered in water and closed. Numerous cities have closed streets.

In northeast Iowa, it appears a 71-year-old Ackley man has died after driving his sport utility vehicle over rapidly moving water Monday morning. The vehicle was swept into a creek west of Parkersburg and remains submerged.

In Marshalltown residents are dealing with flooded basements. In Middle Amana plans are being made to sandbag at the Amana Refrigeration factory where the Iowa River could flood the parking lot on Friday.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Jeff Johnson said additional storms could pop up in the next two days causing localized heavy rain and further flooding.

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