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In All the Devastation, a Possible Silver Lining to Colorado Flooding



(NAFB)--If you look to the future - Colorado Deputy Commissioner of Agriculture Ron Carleton says there’s a silver lining to the devastating flooding in the state.

Farmers will have to get past the near-term impacts - like barns, silos and fences destroyed by surging waters, uprooted irrigation pipes and new lakes in pastures where cattle graze. But in the longer-term - Carleton says the waters hold the promise of restored moisture in deep soils and the possibility of reservoirs refilling to help farmers well into next year. Of course - it will take time to learn just how much water was captured in reservoirs. Even so - the damage to the state’s agriculture industry is vast - with broad swaths of farmland inundated with water and rows of crops submerged. According to Carleton - the full extent of the damage won’t be known until the water recedes. One possible trouble spot is the corn crop. Harvest had just begun - so there could be losses there. Other harvest delays could reduce quality and feed prices could increase due to limited availability as hay and alfalfa is underwater.

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Locations : Colorado
People : Ron Carleton
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