(Le Mars) -- Farmers have been taking advantage of the warm weather by preparing their fields for crop production. Iowa State University Extension Crop Specialist for Northwest Iowa, Joel DeJong says so far, farmers are off to a good start.
Soil temperatures have been rising according to DeJong, but still a bit cooler than desired for crop production.
As for sub-soil moisture levels, and despite some reports indicating drought-like conditions, the crops specialist says for most of Northwest Iowa the levels are sufficient.
Most Iowa farmers will probably plant this year's corn crop between April 20th and May 10th.