March 23 Crops and Weather Report

March 25, 2009

By Doug Cooper, Extension Communications and External Relations

Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, integrated pest management specialist Rich Pope and soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen stopped by the studio this week to visit about weather and crops issues.

Elwynn Taylor said dry fields gave way to wet fields as a series of storms moved through Iowa recently. The long term weather points at the possibility of a drier spring this year, and that, Taylor says, would be welcome news.

Rich Pope reported that traps are being set to collect black cut worm moths as they begin their trek from southern states into Iowa. The number of trapped moths will help farmers determine the need to take preventive action against the potential pest.

Extension soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen is hoping for improved weather this spring and not a return to last year's weather patterns. He says farmers will have some additional variety choices this year, a couple that he believes look promising.

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