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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

A local discussion of current science and issues concerning dairying in northwest iowa

Recent rains in the region greatly turned around the agricultural situation. Winter wheat has come on vigorously, along with wild rye in pastures. All areas reported that pastures were in good condition.

Some producers were considering baling winter wheat to replenish hay supplies that were exhausted after last year’s drought. Grazing on wheat, livestock were in fair to good condition. The spring calving season has drawn to a close. Cotton farmers were preparing fields, thankful for the recent moisture before planting started. Pecan trees are budding. Fruit trees are in full bloom.

Homeowners have missed the window for pre-emergent herbicides and need to evaluate what weeds are in their lawns before applying pro-emergent herbicides.

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