Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, integrated pest management specialist Rich Pope, and soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen are interviewed by Extension Communications specialist Doug Cooper to give us the weekly crop and weather report.
Taylor says July has been one of the coolest on record, so far. Most of the corn and soybean crops should be safe from a normal frost, although some areas of the state are as much as two weeks behind.
Pope recommends to continue scouting of corn and soybean fields and reports that most of the state's crops are in good to excellent condition.
Pedersen tells how the cool weather can slow down development of the soybean plant, and if prolonged can reduce yield potential.