Paullina, Iowa — Farmers here in northwest Iowa have had an interesting beginning to the 2018 growing season, to say the least.
Bruce Rohwer grows corn and soybeans near Paullina, and like many other area farmers, had planting delayed by snow. Once he could get into his field, he says rain slowed his progress.
While there’s flooding in some areas of northwest Iowa from recent torrential downpours, Rohwer is thankful his crops are getting, what he calls, “adequate” rain.
The USDA crop report released Monday shows 81-percent of Iowa’s corn crop in good to excellent condition. Ninety-seven-percent of the corn has emerged. Eighty-nine percent of soybeans have emerged, with 78-percent of the soybean crop rated in good to excellent condition.