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ISU Extension Audio: Crop and Weather Update, Aug. 4

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8/5/2008

AMES, Iowa -- Cooler temperatures, aphids and slight increases in corn and soybean crop conditions are the topics up for discussion as Iowa State University Extension climatologist Elwynn Taylor, program specialist Rich Pope and soybean agronomist Palle Pedersen review the latest Iowa Crops and Weather report for the week ending Aug. 4.

The report indicates 64 percent of the corn and 63 percent of the soybean crops are in good to excellent condition. That’s a five percentage point improvement in corn and a one percentage point increase in the soybean condition from last week.

Taylor says an arctic cold front is moving into the United States and should bring cooler, not colder, temperatures to the Midwest.

Pope says aphids are beginning to show up in treatable numbers in northwest Iowa. He recommends farmers continue to scout their fields.

Pedersen says the recent hot and humid temperatures probably did not cause any major problems for the state’s soybean crop.

Listen to the interview. (time 31:07)

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Contacts :

Elwynn Taylor, Agronomy, (515) 294-7839, setaylor@iastate.edu

Richard Pope, Entomology, (515) 294-5899, ropope@iastate.edu

Palle Pedersen, Agronomy, (515) 294-9905, palle@iastate.edu

Doug Cooper, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-6275, levachek@iastate.edu