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MDA Weather Services Continues to Decrease Corn, Soybean, and Spring Wheat Yield Estimates Amid Persistent Dryness

Date Posted: July 13, 2017

Gaithersburg, MD - July 13, 2017 - Persistent dryness and heat across the northern Plains and northwestern Midwest in recent weeks have resulted in significant stress on spring wheat, and have also begun to stress corn and soybeans.

As a result, MDA Weather Services has been steadily reducing yield potential for all three crops since mid-June.

Additional reductions will also be possible over the next few weeks, particularly for corn.

“Rains are currently pushing across the west central Midwest; however, a drier and much warmer pattern for southwestern areas next week will allow stress to quickly build again,” said Don Keeney, Senior Agricultural Meteorologist for MDA Weather Services.

“Temperatures should push well into the upper 90s F across southern Iowa, Missouri, and Illinois which will be quite stressful for pollinating corn,” said Keeney.

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