March 16 Crops and Weather Report

March 16, 2009

Doug Cooper, Extension communication specialist, gets the latest on the crops and weather outlook from Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, integrated pest management specialist Rich Pope, and corn agronomist Roger Elmore.

Elwynn Taylor updates us on what hopefully is the last polar outbreak that may enter Iowa this week. He also says weather conditions this spring could be more favorable than last year, but that is not a sure thing.

Rich Pope reports that weekly teleconference of ISU Extension field specialists will begin the first Monday in April and he anticipates a lot of interest in the teleconferences.

Extension corn agronomist Roger Elmore says planting dates are on the minds of a lot of corn producers as the season draws closer. He recalls last year as an unusual year. Almost everything went wrong, but the end result was a large crop - that pattern would be difficult to repeat.

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