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Drought issues linger heading into 2024 growing season

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An eastern Iowa farmer says drought is his biggest concern heading into the 2024 growing season.

Dave Walton tells Brownfield dry soils were a challenge last year. “We spent most of the last year in either a D3 or D4 drought. We haven’t gotten a lot of moisture yet, so the tile lines that are running are running at a below normal pace.”

He says his farm received nearly 25 inches of snow in January, but, “You’re still only talking about two and a half or three inches of actual water in that snow melt.

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