0708_IAcropreportMR_ko.cfm Malatya Haber Weather helps crops progress iowa
Home News Livestock Crops Markets Hay, Range & Pasture Home & Family Classifieds Resources This Week's Journal
Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizer

Farm Survey

Journal Getaways

Reader Comment:
by Eliza Winters

"I think that the new emission standards are a great move. I think that the"....Read the story...
Join other discussions.

Weather helps crops progress iowa


The warmest and driest extended period of weather this year was seen across Iowa during the week ending July 7, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office, July 8.

The weather allowed field crops to develop, although some areas reported crops were beginning to need moisture. Statewide there was an average of 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, the most of any week this year. Northeast Iowa had only 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork and was the only district with less than six days suitable. Farmers were finishing side dressing fields.

The drier weather led to a decrease in both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels. Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 11 percent short, 76 percent adequate and 12 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 80 percent adequate and 16 percent surplus.

With reports of corn beginning to tassel in scattered fields across the state, the amount of the crop in good to excellent condition increased to 58 percent, a 1 percentage point increase from the previous week. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 44 percent good and 14 percent excellent.

Ninety-five percent of the soybean crop has emerged; 3 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybeans condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 44 percent good and 12 percent excellent.

Ninety-four percent of the oat crop was headed, 1 percentage point behind the normal. Twenty-three percent of the oat crop has turned color, behind last year’s 89 percent and the five-year average of 51 percent. The oat condition rated 0 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 52 percent good and 13 percent excellent.

Farmers were close to wrapping up the first cutting of alfalfa and beginning to harvest the second cutting. The first cutting now stands at 97 percent complete, 1 percentage point ahead of normal, while the second cutting is 8 percent complete, 30 percentage points behind the 5-year average. Hay condition was rated at 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 53 percent good and 16 percent excellent.

Pasture and range conditions rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 48 percent good and 20 percent excellent. Heat and insects were putting stress on livestock.

Date: 7/15/2013

Web hpj.com

Copyright 1995-2014.  High Plains Publishers, Inc.  All rights reserved.  Any republishing of these pages, including electronic reproduction of the editorial archives or classified advertising, is strictly prohibited. If you have questions or comments you can reach us at
High Plains Journal 1500 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., P.O. Box 760, Dodge City, KS 67801 or call 1-800-452-7171. Email: webmaster@hpj.com


Archives Search

Inside Futures

Editorial Archives

Browse Archives