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ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol couldn’t help but laugh, for he probably knew the question was coming before it was even asked. “Sorry, we need you to live with your allergies for at least another month,” he said, “because the last thing we need now is an early frost.” But Basol, who is based...
Area farmers, in a sense, have had an almost perfect “preseason.”Moisture content in their fields is abundant. This April, unlike last year’s, was snow free. And soil temperatures have warmed nicely.“We’re going into this planting season with a ton of optimism,” ISU Extension agronomist Terry Basol...
Ask Terry Basol about what kind of year the ISU Extension agronomist believes area farmers deserve and he has a quick answer.“The guys have earned a nice, normal year,” he said. “After last year, which had to be one of the strangest, most challenging growing seasons I’ve ever seen, I think they...
The challenges just don’t want to go away for area farmers in 2018.They battled snow and rain in April and May to get their crops in the field. They dealt with an extremely wet June, before catching a break in July, but the recent deluge of rain that dropped more than 15 inches of precipitation on...
Considering where farmers started this planting season, they have to be happy with where they are at as August nears.“Right now, the crops are looking very nice, almost perfect,” ISU Extension Agronomist Terry Basol said. “We went through a lot the first couple of months, but we have a chance to...
The heat has been good, and the rain has been plentiful. Less rain now would help the soybeans, says a Nashua-based agronomist.The year so far “has been warm, we’ve had ample rainfall,” said Iowa State University Extension Borlaug Center field agronomist Terry Basol in Nashua. “We’ve had plenty of...
Terry Basol laughed as he talked about that one farmer who always wants to be the first one planting in the spring.“There’s always that one guy in the neighborhood,” the ISU Extension agronomist based out of Nashua said. “But I’ll tell you what, that one guy is heading out soon.”And as the planting...

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