Uncertainty Surrounds Crop Production

Flood damage will make forecasting this year's crop difficult.

Published on: Jun 26, 2008

The effect of the recent flooding on this year's crop is mostly still unknown. USDA is trying to figure out how many planted crops will survive and what crops will be replanted. According to Glen Keppy of the USDA Farm Service Agency, even with that information predicting yields this year will be a challenge.

"It's going to depend on Mother Nature, what she delivers for the rest of the year" Keppy says. "If the year is right corn and soybeans and other crops can recover from the damages they've just incurred. If it turns dry and windy and the root system is not as good as normal years then we could see significant losses."

Keppy says there is no question there is damage, that is a given but there remains a lot of uncertainty about the extent of the damage.