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Fruit trees and ornamental shrubs dying, marshes and creeks drying up in Mahaska County, Iowa
8/7/2017 12:00:00 AM

Plants & Wildlife
Water Supply & Quality
Mahaska County, IA

Start Date: 8/6/2017 - End Date: 8/6/2017
We have an orchard of approximately 20 fruit trees; apple, pear, peach, apricot, and plum. Trees have been dropping all fruit for nearly a month, and are showing early stages of dying. Dogwoods are dying, as well as ornamental shrubs, such as burning bush. We have a four-acre yard, and have mowed only three times since June. There is a countywide burn ban in place, and corn and beans are highly stressed, with corn yellowing, and most corn plants showing heavy firing. Field drain tiles stopped flowing weeks ago; marshes are drying up, as well as creeks. We have hundreds of cracks in our yard, many at 1" or more in width. CoCoRaHS Report from Station #Rose Hill 4.0 NNW on 8/6/2017