Snow, cold hit Iowa ag in January

A mild beginning to 2024 in Iowa gave way to wintery extremes.

The USDA says that by mid-month, a blizzard swept across Iowa, dropping around one to two feet of snow over the course of a week, followed by bitterly cold conditions.

That combination halted grain movement for a few days and caused some livestock stress, but with few reports of death with some producers engaged in calving.

A late month move to warmer temperatures and some rainfall have melted snow in much of Iowa, leaving feedlots muddy, but recharging soil moisture ahead of spring planting.

The USDA’s weekly crop progress and condition reports resume in April.

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