On March 9, Doug Cooper , Extension communications specialist, interviewed Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, integrated pest management specialist Rich Pope and soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen for the weekly crops and weather update.
Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor tells Cooper the weather patterns are showing an increased risk of a wet spring this year--not unlike 2008. The summer weather could be dry depending on the status of La Niña.
Rich Pope says the weekly teleconference of field specialists stationed across Iowa will begin shortly. Given the potential for a repeat of last year's weather, at least early on, the crop specialists will be busy.
Extension soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen indicates that after the long, cold and snowy winter he is ready for spring to arrive so he and Iowa's farmers can to get back into the fields.