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July 22, 2013

Iowa topsoil moisture declines in hot dry week

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — After a very wet start to this planting season, Iowa crop conditions are quickly reversing from too wet to too dry.

The USDA says topsoil with adequate or surplus moisture declined 22 percentage points last week from the week before with 43 percent of the state's topsoil now adequate or in surplus.

Temperatures statewide averaged 4.8 degrees above normal and average precipitation was barely measurable while normal for the week is just over an inch.

Corn and soybeans remain behind schedule with just 35 percent of the corn crop tasseled, behind the five-year average of 70 percent. Overall, corn is about 10 days behind normal in development.

Thirty-six percent of the soybean crop is blooming, behind the normal 70 percent.

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