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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

The wheat harvest was expected to wrap up quickly if the weather remained hot and dry. Wheat yields ranged from very poor to above average. Cotton planting was slowed because of lack of moisture and poor producer enthusiasm. Early planted cotton was at the two-leaf stage. Some producers reported a high death loss of native as well as improved grass stands due to last year’s drought and no spring rain.  Hay was in short supply west of here, and cattle producers planned to start cutting herds again if rain doesn’t come soon. The grasshopper population was increasing. Early peaches were smaller than normal.

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