Iowa Crop Report
July 10th, 2012 by Doug Evans
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – The hot and dry weather is taking a toll on Iowa crops, with the condition of corn and soybeans continuing to decline.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday’s weekly report that only 46 percent of the corn is in good to excellent shape. That’s the lowest level for the first week of July since 1993. A week ago, it was 62 percent.
Forty-eight percent of soybeans are in good to excellent condition, down from 59 percent last week.
The USDA says 88 percent of topsoil moisture and 82 percent of subsoil moisture are short or very short.
Iowa had 100-plus temperatures from Wednesday through Saturday. The highest temps so far this year were on Saturday with eight communities reaching 105 degrees. There was no widespread rain.