Drought Felt in Iowa Corn Yields

Tom Brown, of rural Muscatine County, unloads his corn from his Case IH combine on Friday, September 14, 2012. (Mark Benischek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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By Adam Carros

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Farmers in north-central Iowa's Kossuth County beat out all others in corn and soybean production last year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in a report issued Thursday that Kossuth County led with 52.8 million bushels of corn and 10.3 million bushels of soybeans. It makes sense that Kossuth would stand out, it's the state's largest county by land size and has the most harvested acres of corn and soybeans.

The extreme heat and drought last year reduced yields significantly across much of Iowa. Only Palo Alto and Clay counties in northwest Iowa produced corn yields above 170 bushels per acre.

The East Central Region corn production, which includes Linn, Johnson, Benton and Jones Counties, saw corn yields fall 24%. Northeast Iowa, which runs from Black Hawk County to Dubuque county and points to the north, saw a 25% drop in yields last year.

Southern Iowa counties suffered most. Appanoose County reported the lowest yields with corn at 44.5 bushels per acre and soybeans at 24.3 bushels per acre.

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