Hot, dry weather hitting crops

Hot, dry weather is creating very short moisture conditions for farmers in south central and southeast Iowa.  Eighty-five-percent of that area's topsoil falls into the short to very short moisture level categories.  Meanwhile, 90 percent of northeast Iowa's topsoil falls into the adequate to surplus categories.  Corn conditions deteriorated slightly to 58 percent good and 13 percent excellent.  Soybean conditions also fell to 54 percent good, and nine percent excellent.  Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says farmers report some stress to both crops and livestock from the ongoing hot and dry weather.

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