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CROP REPORT: Rain Helps, But More Needed

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says growing conditions are improving statewide thanks to much needed thunderstorms over the weekend, but there is still cause for concern.

“Much of the state received timely rains last week, but the hot dry weather remains a concern and is impacting crop conditions,” Northey said. “Pasture land in particular has been stressed and the result is less than half of Iowa’s pastures are rated in good to excellent condition.”

Last week just 34-percent of the state’s top soil had adequate moisture levels, now 45-percent of the soil is considered adequate.

Conditions for crops in the northern third of the state declined the most over last week.

Sixty-seven-percent of the corn crop is rated good-to-excellent right now.

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