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Challenging spring for North Iowa farmer

It’s been a challenging spring for north-central Iowa farmer Josh Nelson.

“Going into planting we were pretty worried about soil moisture and subsurface moisture after three years of drought, and we went from a D3 drought to one of the wettest Mays that we’ve had on record.”

Nelson grows corn, soybeans, small grains, and raises hogs near Belmond and says the last few weeks have been a learning experience.

“Definitely learned how to be flexible, how to be patient, and the values of being resilient in your thinking and your farm practices.”

He tells Brownfield his family has about 300 acres of soybeans left to plant and there are concerns with stand counts, soil crusting, and high insect and disease pressure.

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