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Ugly Harvest Is Test for Farmer Patience in Trump Country

  • Yield potential declines in Iowa following recent derecho
  • Storm is latest blow after trade war, slack ethanol demand
Damaged grain bins in Luther, Iowa on Aug. 11.
Damaged grain bins in Luther, Iowa on Aug. 11.Photographer: Daniel Acker/Getty Images
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Rolling along Iowa’s gentle hills in mid-August is usually like surfing a green tidal wave. Corn fields are so lush that plants often tower several feet over the heads of crop scouts setting out to analyze yields. This year, some scouts were crawling around on their hands and knees to find ears of grain during the annual expedition.