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Crop predictions for upcoming planting season

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa (KTIV) - Fields near Sioux Center, Iowa may only have a little bit of snow on them, but experts said it won't hurt planting come spring.

"We don't hardly ever add much from wintertime, so the fact that it's been really dry and kind of drought like in the wintertime doesn't effect soil moisture much," Iowa State Extension Field Agronomist Joel DeJong said.

In fact, DeJong said Northwest Iowa is doing better with soil moisture than they have in the past couple of years, but for some farmers, they said last planting season is going to be hard to beat.

"You always hope it's better, but last season was good. I mean, we had good moisture and it worked out pretty well and we did pretty well," Farmer Brian Kroeze, of Orange City, Iowa said.

"I'm a little nervous. We had a little more fall moisture than we had the year before, but last year was an exceptional year and I'm hoping for spring rains," Farmer Steve Rehder, of Hawarden, Iowa said.

And, as long as farmers do see a good amount of rain, some said crops will be thriving.

"We expect some of the precipitation to become a little more normal as we get through the end of March and in to April, and if we do and we get time in planting done, we're actually sitting in pretty good shape going in to the next year," DeJong said.

"Perfect season - well you get rain once a week, and then in the fall it's a little drier, so you can harvest it," Kroeze said.

But, farmers said every year is different and they just have to adapt to the conditions.

This week the drought level monitor came out for 2013.

In the first half of the year, Iowa was 7.4 inches over average, but in the second half fell 7.7 inches below average

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