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Late cold weather could spell trouble for farmers & consumers

SIOUX CITY (KTIV) - The weather outside is certainly less than pleasant, especially when we're two weeks into the official season of spring.

But local farm experts say that the weather may cause a lot of problems.

Farmers and agronomists in the area say it's impossible to plant in this weather, and that if it keeps up it could start to be expensive for everyone because of the winter conditions with very little snow and a lot of cold, the frost is almost twenty inches deep in some farm fields in Siouxland.

While the unpredictable temperatures are fairly normal for the area at this time of year, it will take several warm days in a row to melt all of the ground frost.

If that doesn't happen sooner rather than later, the high demand for corn in the country won't be met and prices will go up, spelling trouble for Iowa's economy.

"Iowa as a whole is so dependant on agriculture, and it starts with the crop. Anything that decreases the size of that crop would affect the overall economy and that kind of thing. So that's what we're concerned about," Paul Kassel, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach said.

However, Kassel does say that farmers still have a month or so before everything has to be planted, before the trouble starts. 
He says he's hoping the warmer weather forecasted for next week will end up being the crop saver they need.
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