Planalytics: Flooding likely to contribute to planting delays

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In recent weeks Planalytics has focused a lot on cold temperatures, frost levels, and snow cover and how these could all contribute to planting delays. But there is another factor that will possibly further delay field activity and planting: spring flooding. Right now Planalytics is tracking a number of areas that could be affected. Here is the company's flood outlook for next week:

1. Northwest US
Ground is already saturated. Minor flooding should recede as rainfall pushes further north and conditions dry out slowly next week.

2. Northern Rockies (Idaho and Montana)
Just in the beginning stages. As the West warms next week, faster snow melt will begin for head waters of the
Missouri River.

3. Northern Plains / Great Lakes States
Freezing and thawing along with ice jams, melting snow, and additional rainfall will increase threat this week.

4. Mid Atlantic and New England
Saturated ground south of Syracuse to Coastal New Hampshire combine with snow melt north of this line to significantly increase a flood threat as a coastal storm system is expected next week. River and stream levels are currently highest in these areas.

5. South Central and Southeast US
Severe thunderstorms persist through the week adding additional moisture to already saturated ground. Three potentially heavy rain events with severe thunderstorms and flash flooding could create higher risk of flooding from Arkansas and Louisiana to Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Several rivers are poised at bank height or a couple of feet over banks at this time.

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