SPENCER - Tuesday's inch of rain seemed to be a soaker - by most observations - going deeply into what a few a few days ago was powder-dry soil.
"It's all good news," said ISU Extension crop specialist Paul Kassel in Spencer, whose crop forecasts over the last couple decades have consistently drawn the attention of everyone having anything to do with raising corn or soybeans in the area.
Kassel said the rains a month ago pretty much were runoff. This time, enough frost seemed to be out of the ground that the rain went just where it was needed - straight down into the subsoil which until now has had significantly less moisture than the topsoil.
Gone fishin’—Tuesday’s rains helped river levels in the Des Moines River’s west fork — and the fish — as evidenced by these hardy fishermen who braved the rain for a bite.
EDN photo by Michael Tidemann
"It will really help," Kassel said.
Kassel, like others, sees a lot of corn on corn planting coming down the pike this spring, thanks in large part to improved technology. Estimates call for this being the biggest year for corn acres planted since the 1940s. A lot of those extra acres were predicted for the Dakotas. However, Kassel suspected the current storm could somewhat impact planting there.
While it appears China will continue to be a strong trading partner, Kassel said domestic feed usage might be questionable.