Iowa's soil moisture continued to be a concern as the state experienced more dry weather during the week ending Nov. 25, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office, Nov. 26.
Farmers have been eager to finish applying fertilizer to their soil before hard freezing temperatures occur. Ninety-nine percent of the state reports adequate or surplus off-farm storage capacity and 98 percent of the state reports adequate or surplus on-farm storage capacity.
Other field activities included fall tillage and tile installation. There were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork statewide during the past week. Topsoil moisture levels declined to 29 percent very short, 43 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture is rated at 63 percent very short, 31 percent short, 6 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Grain movement continues to slow, with just 17 percent of the state seeing moderate to heavy grain movement from farm to elevator. Hay supplies are still considered short across 41 percent of Iowa with 37 percent of the hay supply considered in good condition. Livestock conditions are normal. Few health problems have been reported.
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