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Farmers work to care for animals in frigid Iowa winter

Farmers work to care for animals in frigid Iowa winter

Because of La Nina conditions currently in place, Iowans will see extremes in weather conditions this winter, making it challenging for a farm operation to adjust quickly to the erratic swings.

“We can have a blizzard one week and hit the 50s the following week,” said Elwynn Taylor, Iowa State University Extension climatologist. “When you’re in a La Nina year, you don’t know if you’ll be planting or shoveling snow May 1. Historically, our heaviest snowstorms are becoming rare after March, but a La Nina means anything can happen.”

Taylor said a La Nina that persists into the growing season carries with it a 70 percent chance that crop yields will fall below the trend line. The opposite occurs with...




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