Listen to Extension communication specialist Doug Cooper’s March 2 interviews with Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, integrated pest management specialist Rich Pope and corn agronomist Roger Elmore.
Taylor reports the National Weather Service (NWS) is looking at more favorable weather for the center of the country during the next few weeks. He says La Niña appears to be weakening, but right now is still impacting Iowa's late winter and early spring weather.
Rich Pope talks about the black cut worm traps being placed in many Iowa locations. He says the traps help farmers plan scouting of their corn fields based on solid information about the presence or not of the pest.
Extension corn agronomist Roger Elmore attended the Commodity Classic in Texas (Grapevine, TX) recently and says farmers are hoping for better weather in 2009.