The dog days of summer are here, and Iowa crops cover the gamut, ranging from excellent and happily barking, to awful. Farmers in southeast and east-central Iowa have been bitten, with seasonal moisture running more than 3 inches behind normal (see map below). We are at a point where degree days are not as important for crop development as total plant stress.
Pope, Rich, "Is it the bark, or is it the bite?" (2005). Integrated Crop Management News. 2399.
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