READY FOR RAIN: Rain Slows Field Work
It’s what most Iowa farmers are looking for right now… Rain!
The storms hit around 6:00 a.m. in northern Tama County, Friday.
A seed corn operation in Dysart says the inch and half of rain arrived just in time.
Jim Webster, Pioneer Plant Manager in Dysart said, “I still think we have the potential to make a really good crop this year. The corn’s been surviving the dry conditions surprisingly well, so this rain should complete that pollination period and if we can continue to get timely rains we still have the potential to make a good crop.”
The rain put a stop to the work being done by Detasselers in the same area.
A driver bussed a group from Waterloo to get to work. But they were stuck on that bus waiting for hours for the rain to stop.
Adam Foemmel of Waterloo said, “It’s been really boring sitting on the bus. I ‘d like to get out in the field and pull tassels.”
Some of the kids on the bus didn’t mind the down time, it gave them more time to talk with friends.
The workers still get paid minimum wage to wait out the storm. However, the teens get paid more if they are actually out in the fields.