"If you look at the calendar today, it's too early to be planting corn right now," Fawcett noted on April 10. "But we have received quite a lot of rain this week. I've had close to three inches in my gauge in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area this past week and there are some farmers who received more than that in some areas of the state."
Water was flowing out of farm drainage tiles in eastern Iowa earlier this week
He added, "We have field drainage tile running in a lot of fields in southeast Iowa now. You don't have to go too far west of Cedar Rapids though, and you see that those drier areas of the state in central and western Iowa could still use some more rain. It just depends on where you are located, but we are getting on the wet-side of things in terms of soil moisture here in some areas of eastern Iowa."
It isn't fair to make comparisons to a year ago. If you look back over last year's history, 2012 certainly was an abnormal year. This spring Iowa weather has swung back in the other direction to where it is abnormally cool. "But it's not as cool as we're thinking because we're comparing it to what happened last year," he points out.
Are farmers losing some carryover nitrogen? Can you count on carryover N?
ISU Extension agronomists have been saying this past winter that given the drought in 2012, farmers need to do a soil test to check the nitrogen carryover in the top two or three feet of soil this spring. Now, with three inches of rain in areas of the state this past week and a half, are we losing some nitrogen now? Will farmers have to apply more fertilizer nitrogen than they had previously anticipated?
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