CROP REPORT: Development Slows

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The weeks without a lot of rain are starting to take a toll on Iowa crops.

The latest crop report from the USDA shows the crop ratings going the wrong way. Development of crops has also slowed.

“Soil moisture continues to be depleted as the much of the state again received below average precipitation,” Northey said.  “Cooler than average weather has resulted in less stress on crops, but slowed development that is already well behind the five-year average.”

Fifty-one percent of the corn crop is currently listed in good-to-excellent condition. That’s down from 53-percent last week and 58-percent a month ago.

Fifty-two percent of the soybean crop is rated good-to-excellent. That’s down from 53-percent last week and 56-percent a month ago.