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Iowa Crops Lag- Report Reflects Storm Damage

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Iowa is anticipating a record corn harvest this fall, despite isolated severe crop damage from recent storms. USDA predicted the record corn harvest is last week's national crop report. Monday, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, released his weekly Iowa crop report, which indicates overall Iowa crop maturity is lagging at least a week behind schedule. Read Secretary Northey's entire report below.  

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.

"Crop development continues to advance, but much of the corn remains a week to ten days behind the five-year average," Northey said.  "Farmers also continue spraying to control pest and disease outbreaks."

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at www.IowaAgriculture.gov.  The report follows here:

  

THUNDERSTORMS GENERATE MIXED OUTCOMES

Agricultural Summary:  Iowa again received beneficial moisture during the week as heat units continued to rise. Moisture came with isolated but severe crop damage in Central Iowa. Many counties reported increased spraying for soybean aphids as threshold levels were surpassed. Fungicide treatment for gray leaf spot was also reported in corn fields. Cattle on feed continue to struggle gaining weight with the increased temperatures and humidity levels.

There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, compared to the five-year average of 5.0 days. Topsoil moisture rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus across the state. Subsoil moisture rated 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report:  Nearly all corn fields have tasseled with 98 percent silked, 4 percentage points ahead of last year. Corn at or beyond the milk stage reached 74 percent, 8 percentage points ahead of last year, but 5 days behind the five-year average. Corn reported at or beyond the dough stage reached 27 percent, on par with last year, but 9 days behind the five-year average. Corn reported at or beyond the dent stage reached 3 percent, on par with last year, but 8 days behind the five-year average. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 15 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 27 percent excellent.

Soybeans reached 98 percent blooming with 89 percent setting pods. Soybeans blooming are 3 percentage points ahead of last year, but 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybeans setting pods are ahead of last year by 11 percentage points, but 2 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybean condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 22 percent excellent.

Oat harvest reached 96 percent complete, 2 days behind the five-year average, but 7 days ahead of last year. Oat condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 13 percent excellent.

Alfalfa second cutting has reached 95 percent complete, 3 percentage points behind the five-year average, but 5 percentage points ahead of last year. Alfalfa third cutting has reached 32 percent complete, 12 percentage points behind the five-year average, but 11 percentage points ahead of last year. All hay condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 10 percent excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range condition rated 1 percent very poor, 7 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 50 percent good, and 17 percent excellent. Gains for cattle on feed slowed last week as warm temperatures and humidity covered the state.

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