Crops in southeast Iowa are doing well after last week’s heat wave, but some areas still need to dry out. USDA statistics show 37% of area topsoil moisture at a surplus, with 41% of subsoil moisture in the excessive range. The corn stand is at 90% with an average height of 36 inches, while 90% of soybeans have emerged. Southeast Iowa’s alfalfa crop has been hard hit by heavy rains and high humidity. The first cutting is more than 25% behind the statewide average.
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