Recent storms in northeast Iowa are dousing any concerns about insufficient moisture for crops.
Northeast Iowa was more fortunate than other areas of the state, farmers and agricultural officials say.
Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said in his weekly crop assessment that parts of south-central and southwest Iowa remain dry. Statewide, 33 percent of topsoil and 24 percent of subsoil is rated as short or very short of moisture, according to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier.
Six percent of the corn crop had reached the silking stage, with 79 percent of the crop rated good to excellent.
"We're close to pollination, which is the most critical time for corn, and things are pretty beautiful out there," said Ben Buie, grain division manager with the Cedar Falls office of Hudson-based East Central Iowa Cooperative. "The crops look great. Looks like we're going to get through pollination without too much heat and certainly no dry stress."
Norb Boyle, Iowa territory manager with Servi-Tech Inc. in Ackley, said corn was making progress despite the lack of rain in some areas.
Farmers have "probably a week to 10 days from full tassel," he said. "Rains have been really spotty yet. Some guys are getting just ideal rains, and some are just scraping by."