CROP REPORT: Conditions Level Off

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The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture says crop conditions are holding steady.

Bill Northey says the recent precipitation is helping crops maintain their condition, preventing further deterioration. Northey says, however, more rain is needed.

Crop development is ahead of normal pace, with corn being nearly three weeks ahead of schedule. Thirteen-percent of the corn crop is already mature.

About half of the corn crop is considered poor or very poor.

Thirty-seven percent of the bean crop is considered poor or very poor.