Wet Weather Causing Stress for Iowa Corn, Soybeans

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Soaked farm fields. (WHO-HD)

DES MOINES, Iowa — The latest crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows the condition of corn and soybeans has decreased slightly from the week before.

Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey says that’s due to severe weather putting crops under stress. Farmers have also reported yellowing corn because of excessive moisture.

“Strong storms and wet fields continue to stress some crops and create challenges for farmers needing to make hay, spray weeds or side-dress fertilizer,” says Northey. “Fortunately, much of the crop remains in pretty good condition, but needs some warm and dry weather to help dry fields.”

Seventy-six percent of the corn crop is rated good to excellent, which is down three-percent from last week’s numbers. Soybeans saw a drop of two-percent, with 73 percent of the crop rated good to excellent.