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·         Crops look ‘surprisingly good’ despite setbacks

·         Iowa drought webinars to begin next week



Crops look ‘surprisingly good’ despite setbacks


By Will Robinson, Brownfield

July 23, 2020


A sales manager with the Mosaic Company says overly wet spring conditions caused some nutrient deficiencies in crops.


Tyler Smith tells Brownfield early cool and wet conditions, like he saw in his territory of Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska, can lead to slower root development and sulfur deficiencies.


“Sulfur behaves as a more mobile nutrient,” he said. “So, when the roots aren’t down far enough to latch onto it or it’s possibly leached out of availability, similar to nitrogen, you get some yellowing symptoms in the leaves, especially in the corn crop.”


He said that was a common theme early this growing season, but until recently, conditions have been drier.


Smith said he’s seen several issues affecting this year’s crops...


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Iowa drought webinars to begin next week


By Ken Anderson, Brownfield

July 23, 2020


With most of western Iowa experiencing some form of drought, specialists with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach are partnering with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and USDA to offer a series of drought webinars.


Organizers say the webinars will focus on development of drought in western Iowa, the expectation for continued hot and dry weather, and impacts on row crops and forages. They say attendees will be able to better manage livestock and drought-stressed forages, prepare for use of alternative forages, understand important crop insurance and marketing decisions, and plan for harvest of a drought-stressed crop...