The drought of 2012 affected nearly every farmer across the Corn Belt and it continues to linger, making farmers wonder if the 2013 growing season will have a pot of gold at its end.
"Right now our subsoil is very dry," said Lynnville, Iowa, farmer Roger Zylstra. "I have lived on or near this farm my entire 61 years and this is the driest I've ever witnessed."
He said the topsoil moisture is not in terrible shape right now, with moisture being seen about 18 inches down on his farm in east central Iowa. But he stressed the need for timely rain throughout the growing season to get the most out of this year's crop.
Iowa State University Extension Climatologist Elwynn Taylor said the drought of 2012 was the continuation of a weather pattern that started in 2010, moving from the east and south, up into the upper Midwest.
"The 2012 event ended a several-year drought in the northwest United States and ended a six-year continuous string of above-trend U.S. corn yields," he said.