Iowa farmer has ‘never seen it this dry before’

Recent low pressure systems dropped some much-needed precipitation across parts of the Corn Belt.

Eastern Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge says his farm received significant snowfall. “We did get 8 inches of snow last Friday and it was amazing to watch that snow melt,” he said. “Usually when it melts that fast, you have little rivers going down through the waterways and ditches, and we did not have that.”

He tells Brownfield he’s entering a third straight growing season with extreme drought conditions. “I don’t know if I’ve ever seen it quite that dry before.”

Lillibridge says he plans to keep his corn-on-corn rotation this year. “We’re able to get water into that soil and hold it for a longer period of time than if we were potentially doing a rotational crop.”

He says he could start planting corn by April 15th if warmer weather conditions persist.

AUDIO: Eastern Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge

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