DES MOINES, Iowa – The U.S. Agriculture Department says conditions have declined significantly on area farms after last week’s scorching hot week.
88-percent of Iowa farmers now say their top soil moisture is poor or very poor. That’s the highest amount we’ve seen in quite some time.
Just under one-half of iowa`s pasture and range land (48%) is rated in poor to very poor condition.
The continued drought is leaving its mark on the corn crop.
Less than half of Iowa farmers say their corn (46%) and their soybean crops (48%) are in good to excellent condition right now.
Almost two thirds (62%) of the Iowa crop is now tasseling.