Major flooding in the US state of Nebraska is hitting grain transport and will affect soya and corn planting decisions in mid-April, World Grain reported on 25 March.
US President Donald Trump declared on 21 March that a major disaster existed in Nebraska and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal and local recovery efforts in areas affected by a severe winter storms, straight-line winds and flooding.
“What we have is practically every river in the state of Nebraska affected by this event,” said Steve Nelson, president of the Nebraska Farm Bureau.
He said the flooding would affect mostly corn and soyabeans as little wheat was planted in the flood-affected areas.
“In most of the area we’re talking about, you would have early planting normally beginning about mid-April through mid-May,” he said of corn and soyabeans.
However, fields may not be dry enough for planting during that 30-day period and farmers could wait until early June to plant corn or wait until July to plant soyabeans.
“If planting gets delayed, there’s a later window to plant soyabeans,” Nelson said, adding that yield reductions would be “considerable.”
Nebraska ranked fifth in terms of the country’s soyabean exports, worth US$1,352.5M, in 2017, World Grain wrote.
With both trucks and railways used to move grain, the flooding had affected transportation with at least 15 bridges on the state highway system washed out or damaged, and major disruptions to the BNSF Railway service, World Grain added.