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Northwest Iowa Dairy Outlooks

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

The area had high temperatures and little or no rain. Some areas received very spotty showers. A few producers received up to 2.5 inches of rain, but with absolutely no soil moisture, the rain was immediately soaked into the ground or ran off. The dryland cotton crop was suffering from moisture stress and wasn’t growing. Some irrigated cotton still looked good, but without rain, producers fear it will play out in another week. Insurance adjusters were ‘disastering-out’ more dryland cotton acres. Pastures were in fair to poor condition. The extreme heat was another concern as cattle producers were seeing stock tanks drying up and well levels dropping. Fly and insect pressure was ongoing. Wildfires were becoming more of a concern. A fire started by lightning in Motley County consumed 3,500 acres of pasture and rangeland. Burn bans were in effect for many counties.

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