Check out this article, “Corn Belt Needs More Moisture” According to Harry Hillaker, Iowa Climatologist, Iowa Growers should be concerned going into next spring with respect to soil moisture.
Hillaker indicated that “Normal spring rain would not be even close to getting soil back to field capacity in the northwestern sector of Iowa” ” The rest of Iowa is halfway decent. “
The article goes on to say that the warmer fall temperatures may actually help the soil capture some of this winter snow initially. The complete article compiled by Bryce Anderson has some interesting information regarding this subject and it should be at the forefront of growers in neighboring states as well.