Vegetable Growers Also Face Flooding Issues

May 22, 2019, 1:22 pm | Ajay Nair

AMES, Iowa – Row-crop and livestock farmers aren’t the only ones trying to overcome the perils of spring flooding in Iowa.
The catastrophic events of 2019 are also affecting vegetable and specialty crop growers, with the possibility that floodwaters may have moved chemical and biological contaminants into the fields where vegetables are grown.
In the May edition of the Acreage Living Newsletter, Ajay Nair, associate professor and extension vegetable production specialist with Iowa State University, talks about what specialty crop growers should know, and what they should do to keep humans and animals safe.
Even though vegetable crops were not yet planted when the floods came, Nair said the contaminants and the damage from flooding could last into the summer.
As things normalize this year, fields that have become compacted and deprived of pore spaces can possibly be remedied with tillage. If prolonged rains keep soil moisture more toward the wetter side of the spectrum, growers may consider foliar feeding nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, to give plants an additional boost during the stressed period.
Read more here.

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