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Crop experts say the benefits from Sunday's storm outweigh the negatives

LE MARS, Iowa (KTIV) -

Sunday's severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain, wind and even hail to many parts of Siouxland. Nearly 24-hours later, some folks are still dealing with the damage left behind. When it comes to crops, experts said the benefits of the rainfall outweigh the negatives.

The rainfall was much needed in Northwest, Iowa, some areas receiving around eight inches. Experts said although this was a substantial amount, the area could have used more.

The rain fell heavy in parts of Cherokee County over a short period of time. Crop experts said when this happens, there's not enough time for the soil to absorb it all, which causes potential erosion.

In Western Plymouth County, some farmers reported barley an inch of rainfall, which experts said wasn't enough.

"It's very neighborhood dependent. Some were very fortunate to get some. We still have various areas that could use more and we will need more during the growing season also," said ISU Field Agronomist, Joel DeJong.

Crop expert Joel DeJong said the rain helps recharge soil for the growing season, and most of what Siouxland got hit with on Sunday he's calling very beneficial.

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