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USDA report: Iowa's corn crop is 4 days behind 5-year average

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Iowa's corn crop is four days behind the 5-year average, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's crop report for the week ending Sept. 14.

“Heavy rains continued to roll across the state which limited any field work and the cool temperatures slowed crop development," Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said in a press release Tuesday. "Fortunately, most of the state avoided a killing frost, and warmer temperatures this week will help crops continue to mature."

The USDA report says 19 percent of the corn acreage was mature in Iowa. That is three days ahead of last year, but 11 days behind normal.

Seventy-four percent of the soybean acreage was reported in good to excellent condition. Leaves were changing color on 51 percent of soybean crop. That is four days ahead of the previous year, but four days behind average.

The full weekly report can be found on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov or on USDA's site at www.nass.usda.gov/ia.

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