Timely rain will still be needed this summer

by | May 24, 2024 | 5 Ag Stories, News

If you’ve taken a look at the U.S. Drought Monitor over the past several months, then you’d see that there has been a dramatic shift in conditions since this time last year. Much of the state is no longer in severe drought. Iowa State University professor of agronomy Mark Licht said that, even with all of the rain, there’s still not enough shallow ground water for the crops.

The root systems in the crops are also not very well developed, which means that we will still probably need to see some timely rainfalls this summer.

Licht said that we need to see rain specifically during pollination for corn and seed fill for soybeans.

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