Commentary: NW Missouri Farmer Weighs In On the Flood of 2019, ‘This is the Very Worst’

By on April 14, 2019

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  From atop the Ike Skelton Bridge, the Missouri River looks a couple of degrees below angry. The river is irascible, perhaps, a bit indignant, but not yet raging, not here, under Highway 13 on the road that connects Lafayette County to Ray County.

Here, the water has room to roam, and it is doing that, filling up some bottomland through chutes that give the swollen river an outlet. For now, the soybean and corn fields to the north and south are fine, still available for spring planting. The railroad tracks are dry.

That’s not the case about 180 miles northwest, in Langdon, where the farmhouse Richard Oswald’s father built is under water, like most of the farms and many of the small towns along the Missouri River in northwest Missouri, in eastern Kansas, in Iowa and Nebraska.

That’s where Oswald was when we talked on Friday, in Auburn, Neb., staying with his fiancée. He won’t be back to his 160-acre farm for a couple of weeks at best. He won’t be able to work the fields and start cleaning up after the Flood of 2019 for at least a month.

“I’m no youngster,” Oswald says. “I’m 69 years old. I’ve lived here all my life. And I’ve never seen weather like this.”

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