Iowa crops make progress despite dry weather

Crops continue to make good progress and in general remain in good condition.  That's what Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says about the past weeks emergence of corn, soybeans and oats.  Seventy-nine percent of corn and 74 percent of beans rated good or excellent.  Oat conditions rated 76 percent good to excellent.  Northey says there is concern about dry conditions in areas that have missed recent rains, especially in southeast Iowa where topsoil moisture is 78 percent short or very short.


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