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July 17, 2012IA |  By: AP

Iowa Crops

The condition of Iowa's corn and soybeans continues to deteriorate as summer brings more hot weather and little rain.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that only 36 percent of the corn and 38 percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent shape in the widest drought in nearly 25 years. A year ago, about 80 percent of Iowa's corn and soybeans were in good to excellent condition. The USDA says most of Iowa's topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are running short or very short, despite widespread rain last week. Over two inches of rain fell at Grundy Center, while Perry had 3 inches. The statewide average was .28 inches or a-fourth of the weekly normal. No soaking rains are in the immediate forecast.