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Planning For A Weather Roller Coaster Weekend

The potential for so much precipitation has many of us worried about plowing out and how we'll get around.

But it is a mixed blessing for many people living just outside the metro area.

There's an old saying in the Midwest, "if you don't like the weather wait five minutes because it will change."

In Western Iowa, three counties have declared burn bans due to dry conditions. But it looks like that is going to change.

The crew at Struyk Turf just east of Council Bluffs keeps a constant eye on the weather.

"We could definitely use the moisture especially on newly planted trees or new lawns," Brad Trede said.

"All the lawns kind of start wilting when there's not really much moisture," Matt Weise said.

The crew began handling snow removal for the first time this year and have more than enough unused ice melt on hand.

There hasn't been much use for that ice melt or many trips taken in the snow plows.

"It's been really rough," Weise said.

So they're looking forward to a major snow event for several reasons.

"I can't wait," Mike Meiers said. "We need moisture also the ground is so dry its getting really compacted and the more moisture we have that will kind of alleviate some of the compact too."

Meiers said the lack of moisture has taken a toll on many trees around the area.

"A lot of soil beneath the trees has been blown away and a lot of roots are being exposed which if they get damages could be an entry point for insects or disease," he said.

Just outside Treynor, Goldie Bebout talks with farmers daily.

"They're really dry around here we need the moisture desperately," she said.

Goldie keeps farmers abreast of weather changes by computer.

"If we get this snow, that it will last a little bit and cover the ground. they're putting fertilizer on pretty heavy right now and this will take the fertilizer into the ground versus a heavy rain that will wash it away," she said.

Goldie tries to give farmers enough advance notice about heavy rains or snow so they have time to apply chemicals in the fields and get home safely.

"If we are predicting maybe 6-8 inches and we get more than that if they're hauling grain or some thing they need to know because they may be out in the farms fields," she said. "They need to button up and bring everything home."

Brian Forbes stopped by to pick up 1,400 pounds of food to feed 100 hogs through the weekend.

He views a heavy snowfall like most of us.

"I'm hoping that we don't get that much because by probably Monday or Tuesday, I've got to come up and get more," he said.

Just how that moisture arrives will be determined by factors such as air temperature.

"Rain will do fine," Forbes said. "I don't really want any of that white stuff. That's too much."

One farmer told us a wet snow or about an inch of rain would be most beneficial for replenishing some of the top soil that has become so dry over the past few months.

The guys at Struyk Turf agree saying that would be the best option for providing thirsty trees and bushes with a deep watering.


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