Wet, snowy April one for the record books.

April 19, 2018 1:30 PM
Blog Post

Most people say that this spring is one for the history books.  No one seems to remember a colder or snowier start to the spring.

The following are some figures for the northwest crop reporting district for some other cool/wet springs.  The northwest crop reporting district is Pocahontas county and the  counties north and west of it.   These figures are from April 1 to April 17.                


Year             Growing degree days    rainfall, inches          days suitable for field work

1993                12                                1.1                               -

2011                80                                1.8                               1.7

2013                28                                3.5                               0.5

2018                9                                  1.8                               0.1

Normal            79                                1.3                               -


This info confirms the obvious – we have a very slow start for the spring of 2018.

It also shows that this spring is just as cool as 1993 – but not as wet as 2013. 


Paul Kassel Field Agronomist in NW Iowa

Paul Kassel provides research based crop production information to area farmers and agribusiness. Educational programs are available for farmers, agribusiness, pesticide applicators, and certified crop advisors.

Areas of expertise include soil survey, crop production, soil ferti...