The condition of the corn and soybean crops continued to deteriorate through the week ending Sunday, with the percentage of the U.S. corn crop rated good to excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture dropping from 60 percent last week to 57 percent this week. A year ago 70 percent of the U.S. corn crop was rated good to excellent.
Dryness continues to be a problem over most of Iowa. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said statewide average precipitation was 0.68 inch while normal for the week is 0.95 inch.
Iowa corn crop dropped from a 67 percent good to excellent rating a week ago to 63 percent.
The U.S. soybean crop dipped from a 61 percent good to excellent rating a week ago to 59 percent for the week ending Sunday. The Iowa crop was rated 66 percent good to excellent, down from 70 percent a week earlier.
“Precipitation amounts varied widely across the state this week with crop conditions holding steady or improving slightly in areas which received timely rains,” the USDA said. “Areas that did not receive timely rain have seen crop conditions deteriorate.”