CRESCENT, Iowa (AP) Frogs, carp and bugs thrived all summer in murky floodwaters where Gene Walter should have planted corn and soybeans. Last years ruined crop spilled from metal storage bins that burst nine months ago when the Missouri River surged through two levees near his southwest Iowa farm.
Like many in the water-weary Midwest, Walter doesnt know if climate change was responsible for the second major flood in nine years. Or the increasingly frequent torrential rains that dump more water in an hour than he used to see in days.
Even so, we kind of feel like its the new normal, said Walter, who lost 46,000 bushels of corn and soybeans. You cant rely on anything. You cant build anything. You cant do future planning … the uncertainty is the thing that is really bad.