Southern Iowa planting update

A pair of Iowa farmers say planting progress should pick up steam next week.

Lee Brooke raises corn, soybeans, cattle, and hogs near Clarinda in Page County. “We are dry,” Brooke said. “We have had some moisture here in the last few weeks, so we do have some tile lines running. Our grass is growing some, but we’re still a ways short (on moisture).”

South-Central Iowa farmer Randy Miller tells Brownfield activity began this week with warmer temperatures. “Everybody is just kind of getting wound up and ready to go making sure things are going to work,” Miller said. “We’re still early, but when the weather is nice you kind of want to try it and get started.”

Miller says some recent rains have helped improve soil conditions. “But it’s been a half inch, two-tenths, maybe three quarters of an inch at the most at any one time,” Miller said. “We’ve put some moisture back into the soil, but what we’re lacking is surface water for livestock.”

Miller farmers near Lacona in Warren County where he raises soybeans, corn, and produces custom-feed nursery pigs in addition to running a cow-calf operation.

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