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Drought Situation Getting More Intense in Midwest
USAgNet - 09/06/2013

Drought conditions have worsened across parts of the Midwest in the last week, including in the nation's leading corn-producing state as Iowa cooked in record-breaking temperatures that topped 100 degrees.

Farmers in Iowa and other neighboring states are now expecting this year's drought to reduce the fall harvest for corn and soybeans, though the impact isn't expected to be as bad as last year's drought.

According to the Associated Press, the last year's drought was the worst since the 1950s in some areas.

The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that 98 percent of Iowa is in some level of drought. That's down slightly from the week before, but the area of the state in severe drought expanded to 32 percent from 22 percent from the previous week.

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