NW Iowa Crops Could Use Shot Of Rain

Northwest Iowa — Crops in northwest Iowa could use some more moisture – that from Extension Crop Field Specialist Joel De Jong.

Joel De Jong (file photo)
Joel De Jong (file photo)

He says while there have been several rain events in the larger region, the four northwest Iowa counties seem to be missing out on receiving much significant rainfall.

De Jong says the good news is that we started the growing season in a good spot, moisture-wise.

Iowa Drought Monitor For July 23, 2015
Iowa Drought Monitor For July 23, 2015

As of right now, the National Weather Service forecast shows we have a chance of showers Saturday night through Tuesday night, and their six to ten day outlook indicates we could have above normal precipitation.

The latest report from the US Drought Monitor does show parts of northwest Iowa in an area of short-term abnormal dryness.

De Jong says there has been some concern about some plant diseases on corn and the usual aphid issue on soybeans.

Click here for the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update.

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