By: Katie Jones
Local farmers say the rain is too little too late for this year's corn crop the showers could be a lifesaver for the future. They say even though half of their corn is already harvested, if we don't get any more of this much needed rain next year's harvest could suffer.
It's like a double edged sword, Iowa farmer Robb Ewoldt said the dry conditions are perfect for cutting corn and combine driving but he's still wishing for rain to make up for what's been lost.
"Right now is when we need to be replenishing our sub–soil moisture so we have something in the bank for next year when we plant our crops," Ewoldt said.
The window of opportunity is quickly closing.
"Once this ground freezes come December and we get precipitation after that, when it melts the water will just run off into creeks and rivers it won't get absorbed in the soil," Ewoldt said.
Ewoldt said this summer Mother Nature soaked up any spare supply they had. He's banking on steady showers and milder temps or next year's harvest could be in trouble.
"If we don't have the subsoil moisture and we don't get the rain on top then we would be at crop failure," Ewoldt said.
A U.S. drought monitor map released Thursday shows that 75 percent of Iowa is still experiencing extreme or exceptional drought conditions.