Growing drought threatens to trim western Iowa crop yields

    Aerial view of a combine harvesting soybeans
    An aerial view from a drone shows a combine being used to harvest the soybeans in a field at the Bardole & Son's Ltd farm on Oct. 14, 2019, in Rippey, Iowa. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

    Growing drought in west-central Iowa threatens to reduce corn and soybean yields, Successful Farming reported

    Below-average rainfall and not temperatures turned a nearly ideal early season into a forecast for growing drought

    Counties in west-central Iowa have reported the yields may suffer due to the dry conditions, which came as corn tasseled. Much of west-central Iowa is in moderate to severe drought, U.S. Drought Monitor reported. 

    All western Iowa counties have at least some areas that are abnormally dry, or in drought, Drought Monitor reported.

    Perry Beeman
    Senior reporter Perry Beeman has nearly 40 years of experience in Iowa journalism and has won national awards for environmental and business writing. He has written for The Des Moines Register and the Business Record, where he also served as managing editor. He also is former editorial director of Grinnell College. He co-authored the recently published book, "The $80 Billion Gamble," which details the lottery-rigging case of Eddie Tipton.