Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig commented yesterday on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly April through November. Secretary Naig is quoted saying “Despite another cold, wet week that slowed fieldwork, planting has begun in some areas of the state. Looking ahead, short-term temperature outlooks suggest a shift toward much needed warmer weather but, unfortunately, with a wetter storm track.” The weekly report is also available on the USDA’s website at nass.usda.gov. Despite rain and cold conditions, Iowa farmers made progress planting corn and soybeans with 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 1, 2022, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities also included tillage, applying anhydrous and nitrogen, planting oats, and limited spraying.
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