AGRIBUSINESS: Rain Preventing Planting, Iowa Still Dry

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This week rainfall across the state has dampened hopes of fieldwork for many Iowa producers.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says Saturday night through Tuesday appears to be a fairly wet period, it looks like there could be an inch or two of rain.

He says, "Some places may need a little more than that, and we can still use that moisture.  It's one of those cases where we're still trying to recover [from] how dry it was last summer and fall."

While further planting delays are in the forecast, Hillaker says conditions aren't quite the same as they were before last year's record-soggy spring.

He says, "Compared to last year, we're not nearly as wet as we were then.  Also not nearly as cold and April so far temperature wise running about a degree below normal, which is pretty darn close to normal for temperatures and probably finish out the month roughly about that same area."