Area Condition Update: From the President SFCHA – As many are aware, the SRSGA has taken quite a beating this year. The dike blowouts in April with the water topping almost every dike with the exception of the 30’s and 40s was one of the highest flood events I have ever seen. It was a huge setback and the DNR worked countless hours repairing dikes, removing water, and preparing so the farmers could get their crops in. After all was settled and all of the sharecropping was complete heavy rains created massive flooding all across mid-Michigan. As a result, the Tittabawassee River, which normally has little impact on the flats, actually backed up and literally began flowing backwards. This resulted in a massive excess of water as it backed up the Shiawasssee and the Flint rivers. Again the DNR and the farmers spent hours, even over the 4th of July holiday, doing the best they could to hold back the water. Unfortunately even their best efforts eventually failed and Mother Nature won as water flooded over the 6-8 and 9-14 dikes.
Again the DNR crew rebuilt, replanted, and started over repairing the damage done and after all of their efforts and countless hours spent making the area hunt able, I am excited to say they have KNOCKED IT OUT OF THE PARK!! Here is the latest.
From The President of SFCHA – Pictures from Ernie Smith Muck Boy contributor
1-5 (Share Cropped soybeans with corn for cover)- fair amount of deer damage with 15+ deer trapped within during the high waters- sorghum planted for cover
6-8 (Transfer Shares- normally corn strips and small grains)-sorghum for cover, some small grains, exceptional moist soil crop -100% turnaround after July flood
9-14 (Share Cropped soybeans (Share cropper lost his entire crop in here due to July flood))-sorghum for cover, buckwheat and millet for food15-22 (River Blinds)-water levels still maintaining higher than normal levels
23-28 (Federal Marsh)-maintenance/reconditioning underway
29 (Marsh)-Wild Rice Experiment showing fair results and new experimental mallard nest tubes installed late spring
30-38 (Share Cropped soybeans with corn for cover)- exceptional crops with new experimental corn “blocks” in place of “strips”39-46 (Transfer Shares corn strips and small grains) –exceptional crops with experimental trial-(2) South end fields instead of (4) eliminating 47 and 48 becoming permanent as well as experimental “blocks” in place of “strips”
49-52 (Triangle Marsh)-Wild Rice Experiment showing fair results- cattail regrowth is coming along nicely
55-60 (North Prior Transfer Shares corn strips and small grains)-exceptional crops
61-66 (South Prior Transfer Shares corn strips and small grains)-exceptional crops
67-76 (Wahl Rd Marsh)- good water levels- experimental mallard nesting tubes installed throughout
77-117 (Flooded Woods)-new cattail openings in the works
137-150 (Rookery Marsh)-new cattail openings in the works