Slideshow: August Flash Floods Overwhelm Crops

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    Water remains in the corn and soybean fields of west central Iowa from Friday's flood event. This is the latest of multiple gully-washers this growing season.

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    Water from roadway ditches flows into fields. This cornfield, located in Boone County, Iowa, was headed for a near perfect crop year.

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    Bluff Creek, a waterway in northwest Boone County, Iowa, floods nearby pasture ground. However, it also runs along cornfields that have a 10-year production history of 172 bu./acre.

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    Bluff Creek is transformed several times its usual August season size.

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    More ponding in fields. Some areas received 9.5-inches of rain in only a few hours. 

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    Bluff Creek overflows at worse levels than spring flooding.

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    Plentiful rains in 2015 has allowed westcentral Iowa farmers to raise three hay crops. This last rain event puts the third hay crop in jeopardy for some area farmers. These round bales are standing in flooded fields.

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    Corn stalks invaded by flowing water will have to rely on weather forecasts calling for drier weather for the western Corn Belt.

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    The Iowa ditches are no match for the flash flooded fields.

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    Corn stalks sink into flooded fields, impacting a slow maturing crop. As of Sunday, the USDA rates the Iowa corn crop maturation rate at 3% vs. a 12% five-year average.

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    Skillet Creek washes out bridge northeast of Dayton, Iowa,

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    The areas soybean fields did not escape the deluge Friday. These waterlogged field will need extra growing degree days to finish strong.

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    Water reasserts itself in ponds that have formed and re-formed throughout the season.

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    Water rushes out of a roadside drain. The heavy rains could leave a lasting setback to the county's corn crop. As of Monday, the USDA sees the state's corn crop as 81% good/excellent.

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    Soggy fields east of Boxholm, Iowa.

Flash Floods on August 28

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