DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.
“The wet weather continues to slow planting progress as farmers remain well behind the five year average for both corn and soybean planting progress,” Northey said. “It will likely take several days of dry weather for fields to dry enough for farmers to resume planting.”
The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov or on USDA’s site at www.nass.usda.gov/ia. The report summary follows here:
Dry conditions early in the week ending May 26, 2013 permitted Iowa farmers to make progress planting crops according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. As the week continued, rainfall across much of Iowa brought a halt to field activities. There was a wide range of days suitable for fieldwork across Iowa, with North Central Iowa having less than one day suitable, and South East Iowa having 4 days suitable. Statewide there was an average of 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week.
Flooding and soil erosion were reported in many areas of the state. Farmers were concerned about standing water after precipitation received during the weekend. Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 45 percent adequate and 54 percent surplus. This is the highest surplus rating for topsoil moisture conditions since June 2010. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 63 percent adequate and 29 percent surplus.
Eighty-five percent of Iowa’s corn acreage had been planted, behind the five-year average of 98 percent. Fifty-four percent of the State’s corn crop has emerged, well behind last year’s 93 percent, and the normal 81 percent. Soybean planting was 40 percent complete, behind last year’s 95 percent and the five-year average of 83 percent. Eight percent of the soybean crop has emerged. Oat emergence was nearing completion, with 92 percent of the crop emerged. Oat condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 57 percent good and 9 percent excellent.
Pasture and range conditions rated 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 47 percent good and 14 percent excellent. It was reported some pastures along streams and rivers had flooded with the recent rains.