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Heavy rains damage some Nebraska, Iowa crops

Published on Jun 18, 2014 12:27 AM

CHICAGO (REUTERS) - Heavy rains damaged some corn and soybean fields in Iowa and Nebraska on Monday with more rain expected in U.S. corn belt states this week, meteorologists said on Tuesday.

From 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in north central Iowa, northeastern Nebraska, southeast South Dakota and southern Minnesota in the past day - a fallout from the violent storms that moved through the central Plains and Midwest on Monday.

Four tornadoes tracked across northeastern Nebraska, with one striking the small town of Pilger, killing one person.

Rains will linger over the next two days in the upper Midwest before shifting southward into the southern Midwest, central Plains and Delta where winter wheat harvest is underway, forecasters said. "Wetness is the problem and they are going to see more rain," said Don Keeney, an agricultural meteorologist with MDA Weather Services, citing flooding and disease pressure in Nebraska and Iowa. "North central Iowa could see 3 more inches of rain in the next three days," Keeney said.

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