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The drought could cost Iowa farmers nearly one-third of their corn crop this year.

The latest crop report shows about twice as much corn is considered in poor condition than is graded good or excellent.

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says that affects many parts of the industry. Consumers will pay more for corn and farmers could have to cut back on livestock because of a lack of feed for them.

Northey says that doesn’t mean farmers should give up.

“Some day it’s going to rain again. It may not feel like it right now. But some day it is going to rain again. Wer’e going to have big crops in the future. And we need to have big livestock inventories and ethanol plants and others that will use that corn down the road,” says Northey.