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Iowa Corn & Soy Bean Crops Declining

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The latest crop report was filled with bad news Monday, as high temperatures and a lack of significant rain continue to pummel Iowa's corn and soy bean crops.

"Crop conditions continue to decline," says Iowa Secretary of Agruiculture Bill Northey, "and that trend is likely to continue with the extremely warm weather that is being forecast for the week ahead."

The report  says higher than average temperatures cuoupled with the lack of significant precipition increased concerns over soil moisture levels crop yields.

Northey says the current conditions "...can hurt yields on both corn and soybeans at this point of the season."

 The state's corn crop continues to be several week's behind mormal and the same is true for soy beans.

Several local farmers tell CBS 2/FOX 28 they may have to begin harvesting corn in about two weeks and then spend more time trying it than usual in order to make the corn marketable.

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