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Iowa removed from D3 drought status, persistent rains continue

Eastern Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge says field conditions are completely different from the last three growing seasons as widespread rains continue this spring.

“We grew a crop of corn (last year) on about 5-7 inches of rain for the season,” he said. “That’s just unheard of.”

The Benton County corn farmer tells Brownfield many growers in his area have a lot of fields that haven’t been planted. “Going into the spring, we thought we were going to stay in the drought,” he said. “But then Mother Nature turned the faucet on and we’ve been getting plenty, which is good. We’re not complaining about that. Let is rain. But it has made things a little bit more challenging to plant.”

All D3 extreme drought categories have been removed from Iowa on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.

AUDIO: Eastern Iowa farmer Lance Lillibridge 5-23-2024

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