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Lackluster Iowa Corn Crop Sets Stage for More Food Inflation

  • Iowa is critical to output in the US, the world’s top producer
  • Drought was the watchword of Midwest crop tour this week
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After drought shriveled US corn plants in the western crop belt, all eyes have been turning to Iowa to help save the national harvest. Instead, the fields in that state have been “underwhelming,” “disappointing,” and just “not great.” 

That’s what scouts found on Thursday as they toured the heart of Iowa, the biggest national corn grower. While there were some bright spots in the northeast corner of the state, heat and dryness dragged down crops in other regions. Most of those fields were in worse shape than they were last summer, and some were even trailing historical averages.