DES MOINES, Iowa — On the July 30 Agribusiness Report: Statewide temperatures were about a half a degree below normal last week. Some areas of the state, including Cedar Rapids, haven’t reached temperatures of 90 degrees yet this year. On top of this we’ve seen lower than average rains lately. But, state climatologist Harry Hillaker says crop conditions are staying very good despite less rain and the cooler temperatures.
The dry weather actually helped the Iowa Crop Progress Report this week with perfect conditions for applying fungicides and herbicides. The majority of Iowa’s corn and soybean crop is ahead of schedule when compared to last year.