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Levee Blast Means Lost Year for Missouri Farmers

By JIM SALTER, MICHAEL J. CRUMB – “WYATT, Mo. — Blasting open a levee and submerging more than 200 square miles of Missouri farmland has likely gouged away fertile topsoil, deposited mountains of debris to clear and may even hamper farming in some places for years, experts say.

The planned explosions this week to ease the Mississippi River flooding threatening the town of Cairo, Ill., appear to have succeeded — but their effects on the farmland, where wheat, corn and soybeans are grown — could take months or even years to become clear. The Missouri Farm Bureau said the damage will likely exceed $100 million for this year alone.

‘Where the breach is, water just roars through and scours the ground. It’s like pouring water in a sand pile. There is that deep crevice that’s created,’ said John Hawkins, a spokesman for the Illinois Farm Bureau. ‘For some farmers, it could take a generation to recoup that area.'”  Read more.

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