DeJong: “Thursday’s Showers Beneficial, But More Is Needed”

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Pictured is the rain gauge at KLEM offices showing nearly seven tenths of an inch of rain received Thursday morning.

(Le Mars) — The rain that fell on Le Mars and most of northwest Iowa Thursday morning was a timely rain especially since the area was showing some dry conditions. The rain will definitely help with this year’s crop development, but Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Crops Specialist Joel DeJong says more rain is needed for full crop development.

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In Le Mars the measured rain amounts were from six tenths to three-quarters of an inch. DeJong says the amounts vary depending on your location. He says eastern Plymouth County received an inch of rain, while other places didn’t receive much rain at all.

DeJong says since the forecast is calling for more warmer temperatures, Thursday’s morning rain may not be enough to complete the corn pollination, and keep our crops from being stressed. The Iowa State University Extension and Outreach crops specialist says he has witnessed some crop stress.

DeJong says the corn in Plymouth County is just beginning to show its tassels.

DeJong says soybeans have begun to bloom and only a few fields show pod development. The weather forecast is calling for rain for Friday evening and Saturday morning, and again Monday evening and Tuesday.