July weather critical to crops

Hotter temperatures can stress a crop and cause yield loss. Mid-July in some states is when corn reaches its reproductive phase, when it’s especially vulnerable to stress and lower yields.



July 11, 2022 - 5:00 PM

Mark Mueller sleeps anxiously this time of year. Except when it rains.

The northeast Iowa farmer said the corn on his farm near Waverly is slightly shorter than normal for this time of year, but he expects that to change very soon.

“Every year, I do more pray for rain in July than I do the rest of the year combined,” Mueller said. “I never sleep easy in the month of July except on nights when it rains.”

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