Recent rain helps Iowa crops

The statewide average rainfall amount measures about double the weekly normal.  The 1.78 inches of rain last week is the highest statewide average total in 12 weeks.  However, rain totals were below normal for the past week across most of northeast and east central Iowa.  That area of the state had been wet in the early and mid-summer, but has turned dry over the past month.  Statewide, 60-percent of the corn crop was rated in good to excellent condition because of the recent rain.  Soybean condition improved slightly to 60 percent good to excellent.