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Dry weather puts farmers into the fields

May 13, 2013
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville Daily News

If area farmers were chomping at the bit to get into the fields last weeks, you could say the bit is out this week with dry weather throughout the region.

"It looks like the week we were waiting for," said ISU Extension crop specialist Paul Kassel in Spencer. "It looks like people are pretty well under way."

Kassel said that, in the Spencer area at least, it appears most corn planting will be completed by Thursday - when chances of rain are expected to resume.

Kassel said though unsettled weather next week could put what corn planting remains back to the last week of May.

Kassel noted that one site tested a week or so ago near Estherville was short on subsoil moisture. However, he said it's probably up to normal now given recent rains. "That has changed for a lot of the area. The drought is over."

Kassel said it appears rains the last month or so have been pretty widespread, with eastern Iowa receiving 10 to 11 inches in April. Even the eastern cornbelt, though, appears to be drying out nicely just in time for planting.

"There'll be a lot of corn planted this week," said Kassel. "That's for sure."



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