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Spring rains pick up steam in Iowa

Widespread rains have slowed down spring fieldwork across Iowa.

State climatologist Justin Glisan tells Brownfield, “We got off to a fast start. We were ahead of that five-year average as we started getting planted, but now we’re slightly behind those averages.”

He says the increase in moisture has helped improve drought conditions from the last several growing seasons. “Looking at the outlooks, we’re still in an elevated signal for wetter conditions.”

Glisan says the current transition back to the La Nina weather pattern has shifted the southern storm flow to the central and northern crop growing states.

AUDIO: Iowa state climatologist Justin Glisan

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