Warm Weather Allows Field Work to Begin

by Brian Wilson
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This week’s unseasonably warm weather is prompting many farmers in north-central Iowa to fire up their tractors and start planting. Angie Rieck-Hinz is a field agronomist with Iowa State University, and she says things are suddenly very busy, considering there was snow on the ground recently.

Parts of Iowa have struggled with soil that may be too dry one month and flooded the next, but she says we’re in a sweet spot right now.

After all the weather challenges farmers have been facing in recent years, she says it’s a nice reward to be able to get started on planting this week.

Forecasters say we’re in for a change as soon as Friday afternoon, with cooler temperatures expected and the likelihood of rain through the weekend.

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