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Ag in the AM: Farmers Say Crops are Good, Rain Needed

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Crops in Iowa and Illinois are in good shape though more rain would be a welcome sign.

Iowa's corn crop is about 11-days ahead of normal with 95-percent of the corn emerging in fields. It's about the same story in Illinois.

Three quarters of Iowa farmers (77%) say their corn crop is in good to excellent shape.  Two thirds of Illinois corn farmers (66%) say the same thing.

The real problem now is with the rain.  Almost two thirds of all eastern Iowa (66%) and northwest Illinois (59%) farmers say soil moisture is short to very short.

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