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Lee County Corn Crop Damaged

Keokuk, IA – The lack of rain and high temperatures might have already done too much damage to Lee County's corn fields. Extension director Bob Dodds says this year's yields could be the worst since 1988. He says yields of between 30 and 40-bushels per acre are expected. Last year, Lee County saw record corn yields. Dodds says the soybean crop could be salvaged, though, if some steady rain shows up in the next two weeks. He says soybeans do not start setting their pods until August. Dodds says most Lee County farmers have crop insurance, but it might not be enough to help them recover from low yields.