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CROP REPORT: High winds and freezing temps causing concerns


DES MOINES (KWWL) – 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 run of near perfect planting weather has come to an end, but most farmers remain well ahead of their normal pace for getting their crops in the ground," Northey said. "However, the sporadic heavy rains, high winds and freezing temperatures certainly caused some concerns for farmers across the state."

The report follows here:

Agricultural Summary: The past week saw scattered rain showers, high winds, colder temperatures, and wide-spread frost. Temperatures dropping into the high twenties in northern Iowa and low thirties in Southern Iowa during the overnight hours led to frost and decreasing soil temperatures. This caused concern that re-planting may be necessary. Lower temperatures also caused the emergence of newly planted crops to slow. Although inclement weather slowed progress, farmers were able to continue with field work as conditions permitted. They continued to plant corn and soybeans as well as spraying when the winds subsided. Hay conditions are being reported in good condition with some possible damage from the frost over the weekend. Pasture growth slowed with the cooler temperatures, but still allowed livestock to graze.

There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, compared with 3.1 days last week. The days suitable for fieldwork ranged from a low of 2.5 days in Southeast Iowa, where some reports indicate that there have been zero days suitable, to 4.7 days in West Central and Central Iowa. Topsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus across the state. Subsoil moisture rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus.

Field Crops Report: Corn acreage planted was 93 percent complete, increasing 9 percentage points from last week. Corn planting progress is 11 days ahead of last year and the five-year average. Corn acreage emerged was 48 percent, well ahead of the 21 percent last year and the five-year average of 17 percent. Soybean acreage planted was 44 percent complete, compared with 19 percent last year and 17 percent for the five-year average. Early planted soybeans have begun to emerge. Ninety percent of the expected oat acreage has emerged, ahead of last year's 70 percent and the five-year average of 68 percent. Oat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 1 percent poor, 14 percent fair, 66 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report: Pasture and range condition rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 21 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. There have not been any unusual livestock conditions or concerns.

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