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Biggest U.S. Corn Grower Is Delivering Some Yield Surprises

  • Some fields in western Iowa are in better shape than last year
  • Yields are strong even after record rains delayed plantings
A crop scout walks between a corn and soybean fields in Chatsworth, on Aug. 20.
A crop scout walks between a corn and soybean fields in Chatsworth, on Aug. 20.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg
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Parts of Iowa are shaping up as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise lackluster corn-growing season in the U.S. Midwest, with some fields in the central western regions of the state even healthier than last year.

That’s according to partial data collected on the third day of the Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. While official results for the state, the top U.S. corn grower, will be released later Thursday, some early indications are positive.