Friday, October 7, 2016

Early October flood on the Neosho

   This week, parts of SE Kansas received over 12 inches of rain in a 3 day period. The Neosho quickly filled and has now spilled over it banks, flooding both the Pecan Experiment Field and surrounding native groves (photo above). The National Weather Service is predicting only a moderate flooding event that should last about three and a half days. Fortunately, we had not yet made our regular Fall fertilizer application. If we had spread nitrogen on the grove earlier this week, it would have ended up down in Grand Lake instead of helping our trees. After the flood waters recede and the orchard floor dries up, I'll be checking the weather forecast closely to choose the best time to spread some fertilizer later this month.