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Iowa farmers ‘cautiously optimistic’ for year ahead after 2019 flooding


Southwest Iowa farmers are preparing for next year after suffering big losses from this year’s Missouri River flooding, Iowa Public Radio reports. Flooding in southwest Iowa destroyed almost 2 million bushels of corn and half a million bushels of soybeans, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency’s Iowa office. With more wet conditions predicted in the winter, flooding two years in a row would be devastating for farmers, IPR reports, but some farmers made money this year through providing equipment and labor to crews fixing levee breaches. 

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