Corn, soybeans deteriorate further in drought

Ag/Outdoor, News

July 23rd, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s corn crop has deteriorated further with 40 percent now in very poor or poor condition. A week ago it was 27 percent. The USDA says it has received reports of farmers chopping down their corn. Just 23 percent of the crop is in good to excellent condition down from 36 percent a week earlier.

For Iowa soybeans 30 percent are now in very poor or poor condition. It was 20 percent a week ago. Just 28 percent of the crop is in good or excellent condition down from 38 percent a week ago. Nationally, 45 percent of the corn crop is very poor or poor. Last week it was 38 percent. For soybeans, 35 percent is now poor or very poor compared with the 30 percent a week earlier.