Spring fieldwork continues for Iowa farmers during the week ending April 11, and those field work activities included applying anhydrous, pre-emergence herbicides, seeding of oats and waterways, and repairing broken tiles, according to the Iowa Agricultural Statistics Service, April 11.
There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork, compared to the previous week at 2.7 days. Topsoil moisture rated 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus across Iowa. Subsoil moisture rated 8 percent very short, 24 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Soil moisture ratings were more favorable last week compared to a year ago.
Oat seedings were 64 percent complete, ahead of both last year's progress of 45 percent and the five-year average of 51 percent. Oat emergence and corn planting occurred in scattered areas of Iowa. Primary seedbed preparations were 47 percent complete, while fertilizer applications were 66 percent complete.
Spring calving was well under way with few losses. Favorable weather conditions during calving made for a smooth calving season. Pasture and range condition rated 3 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 35 percent fair, 44 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Pasture and range condition improved from the previous week.