Update on West Tennessee WMA flooding
Early spring rains throughout the Tennessee Valley and Upper Midwest, combined with the wettest May ever recorded in the region, have reduced waterfowl food on many of TWRA’s Region I WMA’s and refuges. TWRA employees and cooperative farmers caught a break in the weather to get Camden, Big Sandy, and portions of Barkley WMA planted. However, those areas saw flooding in June and July.
At Camden, 25 percent of planted corn survived the flood, while only 10 percent survived at Gooch. Many of these areas still have annual moist soil plants such as millets, sedges and bidens which tolerate flooding and provide more nutrients than corn.
Crops at Big Sandy and Barkley are a complete loss. Refuges along the Mississippi River never got a chance to plant food crops for waterfowl. White Lake and Eagle Lake Refuges have stayed continuously flooded since January.
TWRA staff did report a few bright spots, West Sandy WMA has quality corn and Lauderdale Refuge has good corn and moist soil plants.