Recent rains within the past week are still leaving north Iowa farmers lacking for the precipitation they really need for good crop growth.
ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol with the Borlaug Learning Center says, in the last three months, the area has fallen well short of the average rainfall of about 10 inches normally received during that period.
Basol says temperatures at or above 90 degrees over the last three weeks combined with windy conditions have also contributed to the dry conditions.
The weather’s impact on the 2021 growing season will be one of the areas of focus during the Spring Field Day from 1-4:30 p.m. Thursday on the Northeast Research Farm and Demonstration Farm near Nashua. Leading the program will be ISU climatologist emeritus Elwin Taylor, who Basol agrees is a “rock star” when it comes to ag weather in Iowa.
The field day will also feature presentations by entomologist Erin Hodgson, cropping specialist Mark Licht, and weed specialist Prashant Jha (ja-ha). The program is free and open to the public.