A stretch of warm and dry weather has allowed this year’s crop yield to see more improvement. According to a report by the Iowa Department of Agriculture, parts of Iowa’s southeast region are still very saturated, and heavy rains early in the summer caused Washington County farmers a lot of headaches and worries about this year’s yield.
Moisture can cause applicators to get washed away in fields and the threat of losing crops increases. However, area farmers say the weather conditions the last two weeks are welcome, and needed for this year’s crop to continue its rebound.
The Department of Agriculture report says 54 percent of Iowa’s crops are in good condition, while the number of crops listed in excellent condition has increased to 26 percent.