CROP YIELD: Drought Affects USDA Predictions

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Drought conditions in Iowa are worsening and now the U.S. Department of Agriculture is rolling back its crop yield forecast for the state.

The USDA expects Iowa corn growers will bring in 162 bushels per acre. That’s down a bushel since last month.

The overall yield is still expected to be 16-percent higher than last year at 2.1 billion bushels.

The soybean forecast is looking bleaker. The USDA expects Iowa farmers to bring 43 bushels per acre. The total bean yield is predicted to drop by two-percent to 405 million bushels.