Rain welcome in northern Iowa

Rains fell on some parched Midwestern soils overnight.

North Iowa farmer Josh Nelson tells Brownfield they received more than an inch.

“In our area we are desperate for any bit of moisture we can get, (and) it didn’t hurt the corn planting progress at all. I think the majority of (farmers) in our area, if they had anything left to plant, they were probably able to get it in the ground (before the rain).”

He says in some cases, there’s been seed sitting in dry soils for a week or more.

“So I think this shot of rain is really going to give a shot in the arm for seed germination, and give us a lot of hope for the rest of the season for getting things seeded.”

Nelson grows corn, soybeans, and raises cattle in Wright County.

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