How did the Turkey River Watershed Respond to a 2.43 inch Rain?
Between Sunday May 11th and Monday May 12th, 2014, the Turkey River Watershed received on average 2.43 inches of rainfall. Two Iowa Flood Center rain gauges placed in the watershed recorded the 2.55 and 2.31 inches of rainfall(rain gauge data can be accessed here). Attached is a series of pictures that contrasts how agricultural lands in the Turkey River Watershed received and responded to the rain that fell over that 48 hour period. On Monday May 5th, USDA reported the corn crop in Iowa being 23% planted. By the time this rain occurred, that number had jumped to 80% complete. Over 50% of Iowa’s fields had been planted in less than a week. Examples like this show the value of cover crops, no-till, and other conservation minded practices.