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Published August 08, 2011, 10:59 AM

Corn crop didn't whither under blistering heat

DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite a wet spring that delayed planting in some parts of the Midwest and blistering heat in July, corn growers say their crop is looking good and they're optimistic about yields this fall.

By: Michael J. Crumb, Associated Press

DES MOINES, Iowa — Despite a wet spring that delayed planting in some parts of the Midwest and blistering heat in July, corn growers say their crop is looking good and they're optimistic about yields this fall.

July will go down as one of the hottest months on record, but the sweltering temperatures haven't hurt the corn crop in much of Iowa and Nebraska.

Iowa corn grower Bruce Rohwer says his corn fields near Paullina aren't showing any signs of heat stress and look fantastic.

Nebraska Corn Growers Association director Scott Merritt says most of the state's corn is looking good but in parts of Nebraska where land isn't irrigated, some producers could lose 20 bushels per acre.

National Corn Growers Association spokesman Ken Colombini says heat stress is being reported in some fields.

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