Recent Rains Bring Improvement To Crops But Experts Say Much More Is Needed

Tue 7-20-2021

(Des Moines) --  The latest U-S-D-A crop report indicates corn and soybean fields have responded well to recent rain, but Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says more moisture is needed. 

Hail and high winds hit some Iowa crops last week, but the damage was “scattered” and not widespread according the U-S-D-A. 

Under half of Iowa pastures are rated good to excellent and some farmers are feeding their livestock hay to supplement dwindling grazing opportunities. 

Topsoil moisture levels are now rated adequate or surplus in 67 percent of the state. 

The growth of corn and soybeans is ahead of the five-year average, with corn conditions rated 68 percent good to excellent.  Soybean condition are rated 66 percent good to excellent.