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Heavy rains swamp NE Iowa, sprouts grain quality concerns

Heavy rains swamp NE Iowa, sprouts grain quality concerns

Last week’s torrential rainfall in northeast Iowa caused more headaches for farmers as they watched their nearly harvest-ready fields flood, some for the second time in a matter of a few weeks.

In just 24 hours, Wayne Koehler saw 9 inches of rain on his farm near Charles City in Floyd County. In nearby Nora Springs, 12 inches of rain was reported.

"We’ve certainly seen a lot of rain," Koehler said Sept. 23. It was still raining as he spoke, which has made it difficult to determine the extent of the crop damages, he said.

"It’s going to take some time to determine the actual damages we’re looking at. We can’t get out there right now," he said.




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