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Crops locally are in good shape

By Staff | Aug 1, 2008

“Northwest Iowa is in as good of shape as it can be,” said Farm Service Agency’s director Larry Niles when asked about area crops.

Keeping temperatures below 90 degrees is conducive to the development of a healthy crop.

Emmet County has been fortunate in receiving timely moisture. The average amount of rainfall throughout August is 3 1/2 inches. If the county can receive the average rainfall throughout the month as well as have temperatures below 90 degrees, a healthy crop can be expected.

Western Emmet County is one of the fortunate areas in the state because of little flooding and tornado damage.

Near Ringsted there are some drowned areas, mainly in Jack Creek and Denmark townships. Corn and soybeans have been equally damaged in these areas.

Niles stated the harvest for the county should be within the average for the past 10 years, which would put it in the 150-bushel range for corn and 45-bushel range for soybeans.

Niles also reminds producers there are still 100 area farms to sign up for the 2008 farm program.