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Unexpected Rainfall Breaks Iowa Record

The western region of the Midwest and the state of Iowa, in particular, saw a lot of rain the last few days. Des Moines, Iowa, received 1 inch of rainfall three days in a row, breaking a record from 1878, reports Kyle Tapley, MDA Weather Services senior agriculture meteorologist.

The precipitation was much needed in northeast and western Iowa as fields were undergoing dry conditions. Moving into August, temperatures are expected to sweep through the central U.S., with highs in the upper 80s. Tapley believes heat threats will remain low.

Earlier this week, U.S. Crop Progress Tracker reported that 78% of the national corn crop is silking, ahead of the five-year average of 77%. The soybean crop is slightly behind the five-year average at 71% compared to 72%.

“Blooming remains well behind the normal pace across Missouri and Kansas, but it's well ahead of schedule across North Dakota and Minnesota,” says Tapley. “Crop development should progress slightly faster than normal, but cooler weather during the first 10 days of August should slow crop progress again.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor rates much of northwestern and central Kansas as abnormally dry. The Great Lakes region did not receive the rain that other parts of the Midwest did this week. Northern parts of Michigan and northeastern Wisconsin have also been flagged abnormally dry. See the U.S. Drought Monitor for the latest updates.  

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