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IA, SD Farmers Cross Their Fingers for Measurable Rain

  • Corn in Warren County, Iowa

    “Our corn is starting to struggle and some headlands where there's more compaction are in bad shape,” says farmer Bobby Fraser. “For the most part, our farms are hanging in there, but we desperately need rain here. We haven't had much of anything over the last month and a half.”

    In Iowa, 91% of the corn crop is silking and 19% has reached the dough stage. According to the latest Crop Progress report, 65% of Iowa’s corn is rated good or excellent, 25% is rated fair, and 10% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Corn in Shadehill, South Dakota

    “The corn has been tasseling this past week. Temperatures have been hot with no rain, but things are still hanging in there,” says farmer Doug Ham. “There is a chance of rain and cooler temperatures this week, so we have our fingers crossed.”

    All of 39% of the South Dakota corn crop is said to be in poor or very poor condition, according to the latest Crop Progress report. Only 29% is rated good or excellent, but 80% is silking and 10% has reached the dough stage.

  • Soybeans in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “After no rain for three weeks, we got 3 inches in one day,” says Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik). “Crops look great now that we finally got rain.”

    In Nebraska, 87% of the state’s soybeans are blooming and 47% are setting pods, according to the latest Crop Progress report. As for quality, 60% of Nebraska corn is rated good or excellent, 27% is rated fair, and 13% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Corn in Irving, Illinois

    “We received 5 inches of rain last Wednesday and Thursday,” says Luke Tuetken (Instagram: @tuek32). “Crops were in dire need of the rain but as we all know most runs off instead of soaking in when you get that much at once.”

    According to the latest Crop Progress report, 93% of Illinois corn is silking and 36% has reached the dough stage. Most, 63%, of the state’s corn is rated good or excellent, while 26% is rated fair and 11% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “We received about 3.25" of rain during the past week, which helped the crops at a critical growing time,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “This field of soybeans will be sprayed with fungicide today after the heavy dew burns off.”

    Minnesota soybeans look pretty good, according to the latest Crop Progress report: 86% of the state’s beans are blooming, 43% are setting pods, and an impressive 73% is rated good or excellent.

  • Corn in Monroe City, Missouri

    “The rain last week was beneficial. The corn may have enough water to finish filling, though I wouldn't be opposed to more,” says Tyler Mudd (Instagram: @tmuddly17). “Beans should jump in this next week. Here's to hoping we keep being blessed with late summer rain.”

    According to the latest Crop Progress report, 96% of Missouri corn is silking and 55% has reached the dough stage. Quality looks decent as 61% of the state’s crop is rated good or excellent, 30% is rated fair, and 9% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Soybeans in Shadehill, South Dakota

    “The soybeans are showing some stress, but are doing quite well for what they have been through,” says farmer Doug Ham. “I hope this week’ s forecast holds true.”

    In South Dakota, 80% of the state’s soybean crop is blooming while 41% is setting pods. According to the latest Crop Progress report, the beans aren’t looking great in the midst of an incredibly dry growing season: 35% rated poor or very poor, 37% rated fair, and 28% rated good or excellent.

  • Corn in Morse Bluff, Nebraska

    “After no rain for three weeks, we got 3 inches in one day,” says Justin Mensik (Instagram: @justinmensik). “Crops look great now that we finally got rain. “

    Nebraska corn is well on its way as 91% is silking and 17% has reached the dough stage. The latest Crop Progress report says 61% of the state’s corn crop is in good or excellent condition, while 25% is rated fair and 14% is rated poor or very poor. 

  • Corn Near Northfield, Minnesota

    “Evidence of leaf disease was becoming more prevalent in certain areas, so we decided to ariel spray some of our corn acres with fungicide,” says Carol Peterson (Instagram: @carpet701). “Overall, corn is looking good after receiving 3.25" of rain during the past week.”

    Overall, Minnesota corn looks great compared with any other Midwest state. According to the latest Crop Progress report, 81% of the state’s corn is in good or excellent condition while only 4% look poor or very poor. As for maturity, 79% of Minnesota corn is silking and 13% has reached dough stage. 

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