Morris Heitman, Mound City, Mo., was 6 years old the first time he experienced a flood along the Missouri River. He has vivid memories of his family leaving their home in a rowboat on Easter morning in 1952.
"It was a traumatic experience for a 6-year-old kid," Heitman said.
Missouri corn farmers on both sides of the state are busy cleaning up after the flood of 2011 in preparation for the 2012 planting season. Heitman has experienced floods as a producer and as a 35-year employee of the Farm Services Agency. As an FSA employee he helped administer flood recovery programs in 1984 and 1993.