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Iowa farmers look to power through dry spell

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Farmers in the state and people who have used John Deere equipment to try and limit the amount of damage that the drought has done this year, are worried that the crops that are produced may be less than estimated.
Farmers in the state and people who have used John Deere equipment to try and limit the amount of damage that the drought has done this year, are worried that the crops that are produced may be less than estimated.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture noted that despite a large amount of rainfall in the past week, more than half of the topsoil and subsoil in Iowa is still deficient in moisture, the Des Moines Register reported.

Farmers in the state and people who have used John Deere equipment to try and limit the amount of damage that the drought has done this year, are worried that the crops that are produced may be less than estimated.

According to the news outlet, the total corn output for Iowa has been downgraded due to the lack of rain, as the USDA noted that the amount that qualifies as "good to excellent" is only 67 percent, lower than the initial forecasts.

"Seventy-five days between rains," one farmer told HD News as he stood by his John Deere combine. "We've really been blessed," he noted of the fact that they have seen any positive results.

According to the Register, farmers in the region have become increasingly skeptical that with dry soils and hot weather forecasted for the near future, they could be facing more hardship.

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