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Crops remain in good shape, despite weather


DES MOINES (KWWL)---For much of Iowa, the first week of August picked up where June and July left off.  Reports indicate most of Iowa received at least one inch of rain last week, with instances of over eight inches of rain in central Iowa.

This follows the wettest June on record and the fifth wettest July. Along with frequent showers, last week's weather included high temperatures and humidity, which has been good for crop development. However, the extreme conditions that have caused heat advisories have stressed livestock, with reports of heat exhaustion and even cases of death loss.  Still, it appears that the crops overall are doing well.

"Even with the frequent rains and high temperatures, much of the crop remains in good condition and the potential remains for a good harvest," said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

Iowa crops remain in mostly good to excellent condition with ample rain and high heat indices. Corn and soybean crops look extremely good in fields that have been able to absorb the consistent rains.  Pastures remain in good condition with productive growth, as rains continue to keep them from dormancy.

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