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Crop report cuts yield expectations

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KWWL) -

Drought conditions are taking a serious toll on corn production nationwide. 

The U.S. Agriculture Department projects corn growers could end up with their lowest average yield in 17 years. Iowa's crop is estimated to be 19 percent below last year's production. 

Soybean production is expected to be off nearly 13 percent from last year.

The problem isn't just getting through this season, but also preparing for what's to come. 

"The long term temperature trend across the U.S. is increasing, and these warm temperatures that we've been seeing over the last several months fit into that longer term warming trend," said Jake Crouch, NOAA Climate Scientist.

Some farmers say they will likely start their crops earlier next year to beat some of the summertime heat.

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