Temperatures in the 70s and 80s forecast for this week are anticipated to arrive just in time to head off potentially significant yield losses for Iowa crops due to delayed planting from a cool and damp spring.

With continued cold temperatures and significant rains across the state again last week, the 2022 planting season is off to a sluggish start in Iowa, but experts say the pace could rebound just in time with warmer weather this week, as long as more rain holds off.

“I think there has been a little concern about how late things have been pushed back,” said Mark Licht, as­sistant professor and Extension cropping systems specialist at Iowa State University.