Iowa’s corn and soybean crops took a big hit from last week’s triple digit temps and continued dry conditions in most areas of the state.
The good to excellent rating on corn fell from 62 percent last week to 46 percent this week—and the Ag Statistics Service says that 46 rating is the lowest level for the first week of July in Iowa since 1993.
Sixty-two percent of the Iowa corn crop is at or beyond the tasseling stage and 48 percent of the crop is silking.
Meanwhile, soybeans tumbled from 59 good to excellent last week to 48 percent this week. Fifty-two percent of the soybean crop is blooming.
Topsoil moisture levels declined to 88 percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture dropped to 82 percent short to very short.