Crops are running well ahead of normal in many parts of the western Corn Belt.
Bill Shipley farms in southwest Iowa near the town of Nodaway.
“The corn is all tasseled out, trying to pollinate—and it was the first time ever we had sweet corn by the 4th of July,” Shipley says. “We have soybeans all the way from knee-high on up. Of course, they’re flowering–they’ve been flowering since probably about the 6th or 7th of June, which is unusual.”
But Shipley remains cautious about the crop’s potential.