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Dry conditions grip parts of Iowa, farmers see yield losses

Dry conditions grip parts of Iowa, farmers see yield losses

Crops withered under searing heat and very little rainfall during July in south-central, southeast and northwest Iowa, farmers and agronomists said last week.

Moderate to severe drought conditions gripped more than one-third of the state last week, according to the National Drought Monitor, and another one-third of the state was classified as abnormally dry. Rains late last week brought some relief to the drought-stressed areas, but farmers said much more will be needed to recharge soil moisture.

"I haven’t checked the rain gauge yet, but I would guess we had three-tenths of an inch, if that," said Corey Malichky, who farms in Washington County. "It was enough to settle the dust, but that’s about it."

Crop conditions took a turn for the worse during the second half of July as thirsty crops...




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