After the flood, an opportunity
Jun 26, 2012
While the 2011 flood in Missouri was devastating, MU researchers were able to learn from it and help farmers cope with similar potential events, which will help them better produce food for the future.
The water has receded, and the levees have been rebuilt. But the impact of last year’s flood—like tons of sand that now cover formerly fertile fields—lingers on.
One year ago the levees gave way in Northwest Missouri, and the Big Muddy flooded tens of thousands of acres. Unlike previous floods in the region, the water stuck around for more than three months. This created giant lakes surrounding homes and barns and essentially cutting off towns and impacting every sector of the economy.
While the impact of the 2011 flood in northwest Missouri will linger, researchers at Graves-Chapple Research Center near Rock Port are using the unfortunate event as an opportunity to revisit research on planting crops after a flood. The Center is part of a network of research centers across Missouri, extending the College of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) research to nearly 13,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers. More…