Saturday, April 28, 2012

Missouri River flooding fractures farm life on Nebraska Teardrop

This article was originally published in the Nebraska City News Press on April 27, 2012
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By Dan Swanson
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Nebraska City, Neb. —
Like the federal flood levee that finally gave way to the Missouri River near Hamburg, Iowa, this summer, Clayton Lang's life is fractured.

It's a perilous time to plant a crop, he said, when wind can whip up enough dirt to bury an emerging seedling or drive enough sand to shred plants the moment they appear on the barren, brown landscape.

“It looks like a desert out there,” Lang said. “I don't see how some of the bottom ground will ever be farmed again. It's just open and barren. There's no color to it,” he said.