Washington County farmers have focused on corn this growing season because of its high prices. In Washington County, many farmers double planted corn this year instead of having their fields split between corn and soybeans. The price of soybeans in Iowa increased almost four dollars from a year ago. Joni Sandburg with the Farmers Coop in Ainsworth says despite a rise in soybean prices, farmers are still sticking with corn this year because cooler temperatures and wet conditions have resulted in an increased threat of diseases that affect soybeans. Sandburg says the chance of losing beans to disease was very high this year again, as farmers saw last year, and recently weather conditions have been very favorable for corn. She added that until weather patterns start catering better to good soybean production, corn will continue to rule in southeast Iowa.
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