DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Another dry week has caused the condition of Iowa's corn and soybean crops to slip backward.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's report that 48 percent of the corn crop is good or excellent, down 1 percentage point from the week before. Eighteen percent is poor or very poor, one point above the previous week. About a third of the crop is fair, the same as the previous week.
Soybeans retreated with 18 percent now rated poor or very poor. That's up three percentage points from the week before.
Corn pollination remains significantly behind normal.
Statewide average precipitation was less than half an inch while normal for the week is nearly an inch.
It was the sixth week of the past seven to bring less than normal rainfall.