Heat needed to help crops

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NORTHWOOD, IA — It’s been a season of frustration for area farmers.

Whether it’s been rain or cooler weather, Mother Nature isn’t cooperating.

The late planting season has grown the need for rising temperatures around the area.

The warmer temperatures would help speed up the growing process for corn and soybeans.

But that hasn’t happened yet, and that has many crops all over Iowa behind.

“We sure would like to be about mid 80’s or so throughout the rest of the summer if we could be,” Worth County Extension Education Specialist Dennis Johnson said. “We would have like to been that about the last two-three weeks and unfortunately it just hasn’t happened.  So, were really quite behind on growing degrees. As a matter of fact, we’re probably 50 to 100 degrees ,that range, behind what we normally are.”

He adds he clock is ticking.

Typically, the first date for frost has been October 10th.

And says the longer we go without a frost, the better for the crops.

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