The USDA Iowa Crops and Weather Report has been released and Iowa’s Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on it. He said that the rains received were welcomed but more is needed with so little moisture in reserve and with the hot, dry weather persisting. Over half of the state is short on moisture in both topsoil and subsoil that are so needed throughout the growing season. The rain did bring a slight improvement for crop condition. Corn silking is reported in almost every district in the state and 52% of the corn crop is rated at good. Soybeans in the good rating are at 51% good and 98% of the oat crop has headed, a full three weeks ahead of normal. However, for the third straight week, less than half of Iowa’s pastureland is rated in good to excellent. The weekly report is available online at IowaAgriculture.gov.
And speaking of Bill Northey, he will be in the area tomorrow as part of his 99-County Tour. Northey will visit the Jefferson County Fair starting at 2:30 pm and also tour the Grasshorse Technologies facility in Winfield at 4 pm. The Fairfield event is open to the public and Northey welcomes citizens to discuss agriculture as well as issues facing farmers and consumers.I