AGRIBUSINESS: Rain Preventing Planting, Iowa Still Dry

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.”