Iowa’s corn and soybean crops are in mostly good shape this week, despite recent weather extremes.
Monday’s U.S. Department of Agriculture update rates 84 percent of Iowa’s corn acreage in good to excellent condition.
It’s about the same for soybeans.
Heavy rains and some hail battered some central Iowa fields during the past week.
But the section of the state most needing rain -- south-central and south-east counties -- slipped further into drought.
The USDA calls nearly two-thirds of southeast Iowa’s fields short to very short of moisture.