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Meeting on dry conditions set for Thursday

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Drought-related issues will be discussed at a meeting in Le Mars Thursday.

The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Office in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center, 251 12th St. S.E.

Hot, dry conditions are forecast to continue through the week in Plymouth County.

The week of July 8-13 was the ninth week among the past 10 weeks with below normal rainfall and 10th week of the past 11 weeks with above normal temperatures, said Harry Hillaker, state climatologist in Iowa.

Iowa State University Extension in Plymouth County will host the drought management issues meeting, according to a press release.

Topics will include:

* "Crop Growth and Development under Drought Conditions," by Joel DeJong, extension agronomist

* "Feeding Drought-Damaged Crops," by Beth Doran, extension beef specialist

* "Crop Insurance Considerations," by Dr. William Edwards, extension economist

* "Government Crop Programs," by Jeff Davis, Plymouth County Farm Service Agency executive director

The meeting will last approximately 90 minutes and there is no need to pre-register, the press release stated.

Starting at noon, producers will have the opportunity to bring five representative corn stock samples for quick nitrate assessment conducted on site by Doran.

People will also find drought-related articles and publications at www.extension.iastate.edu/topic/recoveri....

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey Monday commented on the weekly Iowa Crops and Weather report issued by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service.

"Corn and soybeans are both being stressed by dry weather and high temperatures and the conditions of both crops continue to deteriorate," said Northey in a press release.

Only 36 percent of the corn and 38 percent of the soybeans are in good to excellent condition statewide, he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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