Serving O'Brien & Clay Counties

Wet spring slows crop progress in NWI

Rain totals already nearing 2023's tally

You don't need to be a meteorologist to guess the main theme of this year's planting season in northwest Iowa.

Area fields have been inundated with water this spring – so much so that many locations are already approaching precipitation totals from all of 2023. The deluge has slowed the 2024 planting season significantly, with some farmers still waiting to get soybeans in the ground.

"Most of the corn is wrapped up, but the farther east you go, there are quite a bit of beans that have to go in," said Alic Mohni, an agronomist with New Century FS in Hartley. "Most of the beans around Hartley ar...

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