The Hartley Sentinel-The Everly/Royal News - Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Dry enough for ya?

Crops suffering as drought expands in northwest Iowa

 

September 3, 2020

NICK PEDLEY/SENTINEL-NEWS

Ears have dropped and many corn fields have turned a shade of harvest gold over the past two weeks. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, Iowa is the driest it's been since 2013.

You don't need a weatherman to tell you which way the wind is blowing, and you don't need one to tell you when it's too dry out.

A quick drive outside city limits will reveal crunchy cornfields and singed soybeans. Precipitation was in short supply this summer during key periods of the growing season, making local farmers and ag experts pessimistic about yield potential as harvest season nears.

"They always say you make beans in August, but we didn't get any rain," said Mason Mentink, an agronomist at MaxYield Cooperative in Everly.

According to the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor...



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