Ag in the AM: Thanks for the Rain, More Needed

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DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa and Illinois farmers are concerned they'll lose crop yields if we don't soon get more rain.

Soybeans are most at risk right now.

The corn plants, which were planted weeks ago, have put in deep enough roots to tap the moisture further in the ground but soybeans need rain just to get started..

Climatologists rate this as the driest start to a growing season since 2006.

"Almost everything, except northwest Iowa, need some rain soon," said Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

"We're probably going to have some hot weather in the next week or so and it needs some rain going into that. It's not in bad shape if it gets that rain, but some of it already is suffered some."

The driest conditions are found right now in extreme southern Illinois along the Ohio River.
Pockets of north central Iowa and central Illinois are facing moderate drought conditions.