Tornadoes Rip Middle America, Rain Further Delays Planting

May 24, 2019  | 2 min  | Ep4440

Congress failed to pass a $19 billion disaster relief package by one vote. Texas Republican Chip Roy was a ‘nay’ because the bill didn’t included money for a border wall.

Another round of wild weather will certainly add to the mounting costs associated with this year’s floods, fires and, this week, tornadoes.

Paul Yeager reports. Producer Contact:

Another week, another round of rain washing over the Corn Belt.

Planters were delayed again, this time by severe weather as tornadoes touched down in ten states over a five-day period.

One of the hardest hit areas was the Missouri capital of Jefferson City. At least three people died in the overnight twister.

A repeating pattern of storms followed by heavy rain blanketed much of the country’s mid-section.

Some residents had to be rescued from their homes following rapid rising water in Oklahoma.  Three people were killed by flooding in the Sooner State.

The Cimarron River took out swathes of land around the northcentral town of Crescent.

Another sign of the power of water came when two barges broke free on the Arkansas River, finally smashing into a dam at Webbers Falls.  

The state’s governor warned of worse things to come.

Gov. Kevin Stitt, (R) - Oklahoma: “So, the biggest concern is more rain. I mean, there's some more rain in the forecast for North Tulsa, for Northern Oklahoma, the Tulsa area. So, as Keystone gets more and more in flow, that's going to determine how much more water they have to let out into the Arkansas River.”

Some planters did roll this week as farmers tried to reverse the slowest planting progress since 1995.

Machinery was operational in parts of North Dakota which is nearing their five-year pace on corn.

The South Dakota situation is more serious. Only 19 percent of the state’s crop is in the ground, compared to the five-year average of 76 percent. Saturated fields remain in much of the state like this one near eastern town of South Shore.

Nationally, the wet weather pattern forecast continues.

The 7-day precipitation forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration calls for another 3-5 inches of rain over much of the same area as last week.

The weather has more than one farmer considering the prevent plant provisions in their crop insurance policy. Payouts can help defer the cost of inputs. Consulting an insurance professional can help with the decision.

For Market to Market, I’m Paul Yeager.

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