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Flooding threatens one-third of the contiguous U.S.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Farmers may face worse flooding conditions than were seen during last spring.
Farmers may face worse flooding conditions than were seen during last spring.

The National Weather Service has noted that more than one-third of the contiguous states in the country are facing an above-average risk for floods.

This may come as especially sour news for those who use farm equipment, especially with the experiences producers felt last year because of wet weather.

Many farmers were delayed last year in getting farm equipment out for planting, as wet conditions led to a situation that could have damaged fields. The delayed planting also led to a stalled harvest.

As a result, producers were working farm equipment into the winter months in order to get their crops out of the ground. The moist weather also led to problems with crops, including rot and extended drying times.

The NWS said that flooding in the Midwest could be even more extensive than was seen last year. This is the result of more precipitation and colder temperatures that have kept snow from melting.

"As the spring thaw melts the snowpack, saturated and frozen ground in the Midwest will exacerbate the flooding of the flat terrain and feed rising rivers and streams," said National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration representative Jane Lubchenco.

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