crops en Drought Update: Iowa Soil Still Drier Than Normal <p style="margin-left:.5in;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Like many Midwestern states, Iowa is closing the 2012 calendar year with soil moisture deficits after this summer's drought. But with the new crop year at least four months away, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor is seeing some spotty</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;">Taylor credits abundant fall rains with helping mitigate the drought, at least for now.</p> Mon, 31 Dec 2012 14:37:18 +0000 Dean Borg 12698 at Drought Update: Iowa Soil Still Drier Than Normal A Study on Crop Rotation <p><span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Calibri&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">A lot of Iowa farmers use a two-year rotation of corn one year and soybeans the next. But what if a longer rotation could yield better crops and was good for the soil? Wed, 31 Oct 2012 16:27:23 +0000 Charity Nebbe 10070 at A Study on Crop Rotation Drought Does Not Discriminate <p>In May of 2008, an EF5 tornado hit Parkersburg and New Hartford in Northeast Iowa. Two weeks later. the entire town of New Hartford was evacuated because of flooding. In both cases, property owned by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley and his family was spared. This summer’s natural disaster however is different.&nbsp; Although the Grassleys' farmland in Butler County will still produce a crop, the yields are greatly reduced. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank walked with Senator Grassley&nbsp;through his corn and soybean fields on Wednesday afternoon.</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 22:57:45 +0000 Pat Blank 6787 at Drought Does Not Discriminate Crop Insurance to the Rescue <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); line-height: 1.7em; font-family: Georgia, &quot;Times New Roman&quot;, serif; font-size: 1.2em; margin-bottom: 1.1em;">Stop by most any unirrigated farm across the lower Midwest and you&#39;ll see crops in distress. Midwestern corn and soybean farmers are taking a beating during the recent drought, but it&#39;s not likely to drive many out of business.</p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:33:44 +0000 Frank Morris 5282 at Crop Insurance to the Rescue