The condition of the soybean and corn crops has continued to deteriorate in the American Midwest, as the harvest has been affected by the hot weather that has existed across the region for the majority of the summer, according to the Des Moines Register.
Numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture have indicated that only 57 percent of the corn crop has been rated good to excellent, compared with more than 70 percent that was recorded during the same period last year, reported the news source.
Even in the areas of Iowa that have received rain there has been damage to the crops due to the lack of precipitation for the entire summer, as the grounds are not fertile, reported the Register.
"Most of the crops in the state would benefit from additional rainfall," Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, told the news source. "However, the exception might be found in areas of southwest Iowa, which dealt with heavy rain, damaging winds and large hail last week."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has continually cut its forecast for this year's harvest, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Farmers may want to save as much money as possible during these harsh growing seasons, and should consider investing in used farm equipment to help maximize profits.