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Farmers React to Sunday's Rain

LINN COUNTY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--Parts of Iowa finally saw moisture this Sunday after months without any significant rain.

It was all a welcoming sight to some farmers around the area.

After the drizzle and downpour comes some growth.

Green grass and hopefully in a few months, green fields.

"It was a beneficial rain. You know the old saying April showers make May flowers and that's what we needed was a little rain in April, said Jim Greif, a farmer in Prairieburg.

"And it was a blessing. We haven't had rain since late July of last year so this was really good for us. We really needed the rain, said Karen Peterson, an Atkins farmer and owner of Bloomsbury Farm.

These farms saw about 3 to four inches of rain. That means major improvement to the dry soil conditions.

"It really helps the subsoil moisture. We're real happy with that and then of course when you're putting the seed in, the moisture always helps the seed get a good start, Petersen said.

Even with the rain, this past brutal winter and the continuing cold remains a force to be reckoned with.

"You know the ground is still pretty cold and maybe partially frozen so a lot of it runs off, said Petersen.

"We had a little snow last night and we still have frozen ground here in the middle of April so that's not quite normal, said Greif.

The hope is for a week without any rain which will allow farmers to get some work done in the fields.

"Because timing is pretty important when you're putting in corn and soybeans, Petersen said.

Of course, warm weather is needed as well.

"Just tell your weatherman to make it warm up a little bit, said Greif.

While its still too early to predict how well this season will turn out, both farmers I spoke with say they plan to start planting corn next week.
 
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