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An early corn harvest is well underway in Iowa. And early-season uncertainties about yield have, for the most part, been calmed with early yield results. Iowa farmers have reported average or higher-than-average corn yields despite the drought, according to Iowa State University Extension field agronomists. Nearly 90% of the state was suffering from drought conditions in July, when peak water demand is highest for corn.

However, excellent genetic traits boosted what could have been a dismal harvest. USDA predicted Iowa corn yields to be about 200 bushels per acre. The record statewide yield average was 204 in 2021. While a new average is still weeks away, many farmers report being shocked at the yield data thus far.

Read more on early corn harvest in Iowa here.


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