Autumn Is Here And The Leaves Are Starting To Change Color Right On Cue

Statewide, Iowa — This is the first full day of fall and Iowans are already starting to see the leaves on a few trees turning red, yellow and orange.

Joe Herring, a forester with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, says Iowa’s trees are facing a long list of challenges this season, including the emerald ash borer, storms, and drought, in addition to just their sheer age.

Herring, who’s based in Iowa Falls, says Iowans can likely expect a decent showing of fall colors in the coming weeks.

The DNR says fall colors typically start to appear across Iowa’s northern third next week through the second week of October, with the state’s central section seeing the best color the first through the third weeks of October, and southern Iowa the second week of October through Halloween.



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