Drought conditions worsen

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NORTHWOOD, Iowa. — In early August, farmers were in need of the warm temperatures to help crop growth.

But the recent heat streak is doing more harm than good.

The combination of warm temperatures and lack of moisture is escalating drought concerns in our area.

Much of Minnesota currently sits in a moderate drought, while severe drought has spread to 42 percent of Iowa.

And it’s starting to take a toll on crops.

“We’re starting to see those show stress, whether it is soybeans or corn,” Worth County Extension Specialist Dennis Johnson. “Were kind of seeing those fields not look like they should be. I mean, we would have really liked to have seen rain happen quite a while ago as a matter of fact, to save those parts of our fields.”

Despite the drought conditions in the Midwest and South, the U.S Department of Agriculture says a record corn harvest and the third largest soybean crop are on track across the nation.

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