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Flooding Could Pressure Soybean Production

Heavy rains that continue to saturate the northwest Midwest may be raising the stakes on the soy crop.

Downpours across the upper Midwest have brought more than devastating images of flooding, but also a concern from grain analysts about the 2007 soybean crop. Some estimate that 20% of the U.S. soybean crop could be vulnerable to the rain, according to a Dow Jones report.

In August, the northwest Midwest has seen rain totals up sharply from their long-term means, with the bulk of the rain occurring in the past five days. In Southern Minnesota alone, rain totals are up 465% for the first 21 days of August, northern Iowa has seen rains rise 200% to 300%, eastern Nebraska is up 248% and Wisconsin is up over 400%.

Disease concerns for the 2007 crop are low since soybeans have matured past that risk stage, but there are concerns about insect damage and other losses that could be associated with heavy rains.

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