Crop loss estimates in Rock County

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Steve Benton
June 19, 2008
— Some preliminary numbers have been crunched to provide federal agencies with estimated crop losses from flooding in Rock County.

Rock County's UW Extension Soils and Crops agent Jim Stute says it looks like around 7,500 acres are ruined.

Run-off from fields is also a potential problem because of phosphorous and pesticides.

Another threat, which could have a lasting affect, is with contamination by salmonella. Stute says new information suggests you may not be able to wash away the problem. He says studies show salmonella may be drawn into the plant through the roots.

Stute says they'll have a clearer picture of crop losses once the flood waters have receded.

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