By Nick Pedley
News Editor 

Waiting for the wet

Dry conditions have area farmers looking upwards for rain


June 8, 2023


All of O'Brien County and a majority of Clay County were listed in moderate drought by the U.S. Drought Monitor on June 1.

The situation is by no means dire, but local fields could use a drink.

"The corn is coming along pretty good, but where they're missing the rains, we're seeing slight leaf-curling," said Growmark FS agronomist Alic Mohni. "In places that have gotten the spotty rains, things are looking really good."

The latest drought monitor map for Iowa shows all of O'Brien County in moderate drought with Clay County basically the same – only a small sliver in the northeast corner was graded one spot better. According to ISU Extension agronomist Gentry Sorensen, dry conditions vary throughout his nine-county...

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