By Rich Pope, Department of Plant Pathology
Wet and cold! That is how many people will recall the 2008 growing season.
And in a general sense that is a good description, as the Iowa statewide accumulation of crop growth degree days was about 130 behind the 30 year average, and rainfall was more than 7 inches above normal. But when we examine each by crop reporting district through the season, the story gets a bit more complex, depending on where you are looking.