Iowa Farmers Keep a Close Eye on Crops

Rain and warm weather is a good sign for Iowa farmers. Early spring flooding caused concern for farmers across the Midwest. The weather caused such problems that many farmers had to push planting back for weeks.
Kyle Jensen at the Iowa State University Extension Office told The Harlan Tribune that the crops are doing very well in Shelby County. “I think the crops look really good,” he said. Jensen commented that there was only a small hiccup with spotty hail storms that prevented farmers from working.
However, Jensen assured “the beans are up in Shelby county and most of the corn has emerged.”
Terry Torneten, director of the County Extension Education Office said more sunshine would be helpful so the plants can soak up more nutrients and move on the next stage.
“Many of the guys are done with corn now,” Torneten said. However, it is “just beyond the emergence stage.”
Torneten is paying close attention to the planting season because the weather is extremely different compared to the last few planting seasons.
Jensen is concerned for the crops later in the summer and is worried about shallow-planted corn and black cutworms. He said it has not been a problem this far, but it is also too early to tell.
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