Extended dryness impacting southern Iowa crops

A southwest Iowa farmer says they are in need of rain.

“We are seeing some cracks in our fields that are three quarters of an inch wide,” said Ray Gaesser of Corning.

Gaesser tells Brownfield the first week of July was the last time they received any moisture. “We’ve definitely taken a yield cut this last week with the heat and the soils drying out.”

He says crop development is behind last year’s pace. “We’ve lost some of the tips on our corn. It just won’t be as good as last year, but we did have a record crop last year.”

Gaesser raises corn and soybeans in Adams County.

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