The hot, dry weather has wilted some Iowa crops. Floyd County Extension crop specialist George Cummins says farmers haven’t gotten a break from Mother Nature yet this year.Cummins says many farmers had trouble getting their crops in because of a wet spring, but now there hasn’t been measurable rainfall in some areas for up to six weeks. He says corn and beans are hitting the reproductive stage where they could really use some moisture. He says it’s tougher on corn than soybeans. Cummins says moisture’s needed now when the corn is tasseling, otherwise the plants start to lose significant yield.Cummins says the year is starting to remind farmers of Iowa’s last really dry year: 1988. That was Iowa’s worst drought year since the Depression.
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