Posted on April 18, 2013 at 6:55 AM by Iowa Corn
Bruce Rohwer, a farmer from Paullina and president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says northern Iowa received more precipitation last week than in any other week in the past eight or nine months. It came in the form of rain, then a couple inches of hail and ice, followed by five or six inches of wet, heavy snow.
“It wasn’t a drought buster but the precipitation is very welcomed,” Rohwer says. “The wind wasn’t a factor so we had a nice, even distribution on the fields and the snow didn’t just accumulate along the fence rows or ditches. It was really nice to have that even distribution of precipitation.”
Rohwer says the soil temperatures are still pretty cold in northern Iowa and more precipitation is falling this week, so field work will be on a hold for a while longer.
The delayed spring weather has prevented Don Hunerdosse of Milo to be in the field but has given him more time for working with his cow-calf herd.
“We were able to apply some fertilizer a week ago when it was really warm and before the rain came in the middle and end of last week,” he says. Hunerdosse has his equipment ready and is waiting for warmer temperatures.