A Resource List for Crop Producers Impacted by Recent Flooding

June 27, 2024 11:55 AM
Blog Post

Recent floods throughout Northwest Iowa have caused significant damage and loss to communities, homes, roads, livestock producers, crops and more. Unfortunately, this situation will continue long after the rain as high river levels continue to surge south.

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach wants you to know that we are here to support you. We strive to provide you with helpful resources that you may need in this difficult time, and also someone to talk to if you need it. Feeling stressed when dealing with the challenges this growing season has thrown your way is understandable and valid. If you or someone you know would benefit from speaking to someone about these difficult times, please reach out to the Iowa Concern Hotline below. This is a 24/7 confidential support line that can help guide you through a difficult situation, or be a listening ear. 

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If you plan to replant or plant a cover crop, please be advised to contact your crop insurance agent first so you know coverage and limitations. This historic flooding will have long-lasting implications.  The following is a compilation of resources for flooded and ponded crop fields.

Following Flooding: Managing Additional Stress

Management Considerations for Flooded Soils

Ponding Impacts on Corn Growth and Development

Flooding Impacts on Soybean Growth and Development

Management Guidance for Flooded Grain

2024 Cover Crop Options in Prevented Planting Fields

Forage Options with Prevented Planting Fields

Late Corn Planting Options

Late Soybean Planting Options

Part 1: Navigating Nitrogen Management in Wet Spring Conditions – Nitrogen Loss Mechanisms

Part 2: Navigating Nitrogen Management in Wet Spring Conditions – Estimating Nitrogen Losses

Part 3: Navigating Nitrogen Management in Wet Spring Conditions – Does the Corn Need More Nitrogen?

Flooded Corn Fields and what Diseases Might You Expect to See

Disease Risk in White Mold and Sudden Death Syndrome of Soybean

Delayed and Prevented Planting Provisions for Multiple Peril Crop Insurance

Delayed and Prevented Planting Decision Tool

Flood damaged crops, crop insurance payments, and lease contracts

Current Crop Insurance Policies

Crop Insurance Coverage: Frequently Asked Questions in Times of Floods

Weather and Climate Links


Additional Resources:

University of Minnesota Extension Flooding Resources

Purdue University: Weed Control Issues on Prevented Planting Fields

Practical Farmers of Iowa: Find Cover Crops Tool

Midwest Cover Crops Council

Midwest Cover Crops Council Cover Crop Design Tool

USDA Risk Management Agency: Prevented Planting Coverage

Photo of flooded field.
Caption A recently flooded field where some water has receded but there is still standing water.  Leah Ten Napel. 


Angie Rieck-Hinz Field Agronomist in NC Iowa

Angie Rieck-Hinz is a field agronomist in north central Iowa for Iowa State University Extension and Outreach. She has worked for ISU Extension and Outreach for over 30 years, serving in various roles on campus and now in the field.  She works closely with farmers on integrated pes...

Leah Ten Napel Extension Field Agronomist

Field Agronomist serving 9 counties in Northwest Iowa


Gentry Sorenson Field Agronomist in NW Iowa

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