Heat wave takes a toll on Iowa's livestock

08/4/2011 | Iowa City Press-Citizen

Between 3,500 and 4,000 head of cattle have died in Iowa as a result of the July heat wave, according to the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, and higher-than-average temperatures and humidity have cattle ranchers working overtime to keep their herds cool. On a brighter note, farmers say corn and soybean crops are thriving in the heat, at least in the short term, but they caution that should rain not arrive soon, the forecast may turn darker.

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