Managing editor John Dobberstein and I are visiting two western Iowa no-tillers today on the final day of a 3-day farm tour around Omaha, Neb. We started with two visits near Lincoln, Neb., on Monday; then visited no-tillers in southeast Nebraska, northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa on Tuesday.
We're looking forward to sharing their stories in future issues of No-Till Farmer, and expect to have some videos on our Web site even sooner.
With several days of dry weather in the western Corn Belt recently, it appears most no-tillers in these parts will be done planting corn by the end of the week. Being our offices are in Milwaukee, Wis., farmers are most curious about the weather back East — which continues to be miserable, particularly in the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Monday night, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blew up a 2-mile stretch of levee along the Mississippi River to relieve the threat of a breech at Cairo, Ill. Some 130,000 acres of farmland and about 100 homes were sacrificed.
While we don't have any details on how these farmers will be compensated for this action, the No-Till Farmer staff would like to hear from no-tillers in the affected area. In particular, we'd like to know what impact they expect this flooding will have on their no-till soils and we would like to follow their battle in restoring this land to productive no-till cropland.
If you are located in the affected area or know a no-tiller who is, please drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.