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Corn, soybeans getting thirsty
It's hot and dry for a lot of farmers from the Plains to the eastern Corn Belt. With a few exceptions where substantial rain's fallen lately, a lot of farmers' crops are hurting for a drink. While the area's not as rough as some, the corn and soybeans in parts of south-central Iowa could definitely use a drink. Here's what I found on a recent trip through a couple of counties in that area.
Though the weather wasn't as hot as it's normally been on Tuesday, the corn leaves in this field showed signs of being thirsty. Even though it was about 10:30 in the morning and the temperature was in the 70s, most plants were already starting to curl leaves, like this one. While it's far from the worst conditions in the Corn Belt, it's a bad sign heading into a forecast without much rain in it.
Here's what some of those weeds look like. Though some weeds were dwarfing the beans -- some as tall as 2 feet -- they did look like they've been sprayed in the last few days. Hopefully that shower that fell Sunday evening will help that herbicide work. Some farmers are reporting that their herbicide's failing because of a lack of moisture.
Though it's far from the worst spot in the Corn Belt, the crops in south-central Iowa are showing signs of drought stress.