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Iowa corn and soybeans both rated 66 percent good-to-excellent

An eastern Iowa farmer says his family is optimistic for this year’s crop.

Robb Ewoldt, who is also the President of the Iowa Soybean Association, farms near Davenport in Scott County. “We’ve been able to catch timely rains throughout the whole year,” he said. “Things in our neck of the woods really look good.”

The USDA says the state’s corn and soybeans are both rated 66 percent good-to-excellent.

Ewoldt tells Brownfield crops in some parts of the state look worse than others. “Two counties south of me and it looks tough,” he said. “You go three counties west of me and it looks tough, and then it starts getting tough as you go across the southern part of the state of Iowa.”

USDA says 96 percent of corn is in the dough stage with 71 percent dented. Ninety-seven percent of soybeans are setting pods with two percent dropping leaves.

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