Bob Bowman runs his hand over a slender green corn leaf here on his Iowa farm, and sighs.
“This corn should be as high as my head right now, and it is only waist high,” he says, as a cool morning breeze belies the 90-degree Fahrenheit temperatures forecast to descend by afternoon in Welton, Iowa.
“If we get rain real quick here, we might be down 25 percent,” said Bowman of prospective losses from the persistent dryness. “If we don’t get rain in the next two weeks, it will be a lot more serious.”
Bowman farms 2,200 acres in east-central Iowa in one of the state’s highest production areas. There may not be much to brag about this year, however.