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Lack of Rain Seen Stressing US Corn in Early Sign From Crop Tour

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A farmer harvests wheat in Culver, Kansas.

A farmer harvests wheat in Culver, Kansas.

Photographer: Arin Yoon/Bloomberg
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Early stops in southeastern South Dakota along a key US crop tour show a lack of enough rain has stressed corn and soybean plants, hurting potential yields that the world is relying on to avoid shortfalls. 

Both corn and soybeans in the initial stops in South Dakota were below average. Corn yield potential was estimated at 118.6 bushels per acre, well below the three-year average of 161.8 bushels. Soybean pod counts stood at 792.5, below the 1,073 average. Some corn fields had been cut for silage, a sign of a poor-quality crop.