Farmers and officials are assessing the damage as the flooding continues in the mid-Mississippi Valley. As the flood waters continue to recede along the many smaller rivers that feed into the Mississippi River, residents, business owners and farmers are getting a clearer picture of the damage-and according to AccuWeather.com, the picture is not pretty.



Expert Senior Meteorologist and AccuWeather.com agriculture expert Dale Mohler says by the time the water recedes in the next one to two weeks it will be too late for crop recovery or replanting. "The flood has taken another chunk out of the corn and soybean crops, but how big a chunk remains to be seen." The situation is the latest blow after a wet spring delayed the planting of corn and soybean crops.



According to Mohler, 5 percent to 10 percent of the corn and soybean crops could be lost. "While that may not seem like a large percentage, it is in a year of tight supplies."



The AccuWeather.com Severe Weather Center reports dry weather continues today across the flood-ravaged Midwest as the jet stream steers strong storms away from the region.



Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day, strong storms will spread from Montana to Texas and Oklahoma, producing heavy rain, hail and damaging straight line winds, along with the potential for tornadoes.



Wheat farmers in Oklahoma and southern Kansas are facing a different struggle. The storms forecast for the region could affect the harvesting of their winter wheat crops at a time when drought in the Oklahoma panhandle region has severely limited the crop yield.



Mohler says the combination of rain, wind and hail could knock down the wheat stalks, making it difficult for combines to properly harvest the stalks.