Iowa preparing for planting

Wet weather during March is setting the stage for spring planting in Iowa.

The USDA says snow and rain during the month has boosted optimism about the growing season, with 35% of the state now reporting no soil moisture issues, compared to just over 9% at the start of the year.

That does leave 65% of the state with conditions ranging from abnormally dry to extreme drought.

Livestock conditions are called good despite reports of muddy conditions in feedlots, with some producers feeding cornstalks and supplemental feed.

Calving and lambing are ongoing.

Cover crops are starting to emerge, grain movement is normal even as some gravel roads are reportedly in poor condition, and farmers are starting to prepare for spring planting.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume Monday, April 3rd.

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