Wettest year on record slows farmers
Statewide, there was rainfall of 6.06 inches in April — twice the average — and it was Iowa’s wettest May on record.
Crop producers have been mired in mud much of the spring. It ranked as the wettest April among 141 years of records and ninth coolest. While there were some clear days in April, farmers waited for soil temperatures to warm up for ideal planting conditions.
Temperatures continued to run below average in May, while rainfall was 8.84 inches, or 4.28 inches above normal. It was the wettest May on record, and the snowiest with statewide average snowfall of 3.4 inches.
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