Drought Meeting

Angie Rieck-Hinz, ISU Extension Field Agronomist, told some 27 local farmers and ag business people what the ideal growing season looks like for corn. A lingering drought coupled with high temperatures isn't it. She was part of an ISU Extension meeting in Ackley last Monday as they talked about crop insurance, crop conditions and livestock feeding.

The irony wasn’t lost on farmers as they filed into the Ackley Recreation Club meeting room in Ackley on Monday morning. They were there for a drought meeting, but were comparing their water gauges from over the weekend.

Friday, some said, brought an inch or a little more of rain. Monday morning some saw almost two inches. All of them said they need more, which they got during the middle of the week. But it still may not be enough - certainly not for this growing season, which is basically over.

ISU Extension Drought Meeting Map

The latest drought map shows Hardin County in the bullseye. Recent rains may have altered the map a little, but not enough to help this year's crops much.

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