By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Despite timely rain, drought persists

O'Brien, Clay counties still experiencing severe conditions


July 22, 2021


Corn tassels dance in the breeze Tuesday in a field just south of Hartley.

Recent precipitation has given local crops a boost, but more wet stuff is needed as the calendar approaches August.

ISU Extension agronomist Joel DeJong, whose territory covers O'Brien County, said most fields are being "spoon-fed" as the growing season marches towards fall harvest. Extension's precipitation monitor near Primghar has tallied 9.34" of rain since April 1, a departure from average of -3.78". The monitoring station at Sheldon was better, recording 10.15" of rain so far, 2.58" behind average.

Still, DeJong noted last week's rainfall was a godsend for parched fields.

"These total...

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