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AGRICULTURE

28 percent of Iowa corn acres planted

Iowa experiences cold, rainy week
May 02, 2017

DES MOINES – Rain, snow, and below normal temperatures prevented planting across most of Iowa late in the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“Farmers were able to make significant planting progress between the rain showers and now 28 percent of expected corn acres have been planted, said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. “The heavy rain seen statewide over the weekend will likely keep farmers out of the fields for several days. There is also concern about the effect of the cold, wet weather on recently planted acres. Hopefully we will get a run of warm, dry weather so fields can dry and farmers can get back to work.”

The Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report is released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service weekly from April through October.

The weekly report is 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 states:

Statewide there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Temperatures dropped into the 20s in parts of Iowa. Many producers are waiting for warmer weather before planting corn and soybeans.

For corn already planted, some concerns about crop emergence were reported.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 28 percent surplus. East central and south central Iowa have the highest subsoil moisture levels with 40 percent or more rated surplus.

Statewide, 28 percent of expected corn acreage has been planted. This is over a week behind last year, but only two days behind the five-year average. Southeastern Iowa farmers have planted over half their corn acreage while farmers in the northern third of Iowa have planted less than one-fifth of their corn acreage.

Two percent of the soybean acreage has been planted, two days behind average. Eighty-two percent of the state’s oat crop has been planted, moving one day ahead of the average for the first time this year. Oats emerged reached 45 percent, one day behind average.

Pasture condition rated 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 61 percent good, and 15 percent excellent. Pastures are green, but growth slowed with recent cool temperatures.

There were no reported livestock issues for cows and calves in pastures, but mud issues were reported with outside feedlots.

 

Iowa experiences cold, rainy week

By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship

 

The reporting week began with warm and dry weather with high temperatures mostly in the seventies on April 23 and April 24. Rain fell statewide on April 25 while daytime highs reached only the mid-40s northwest to 80 degrees at Davenport and Burlington.

The remainder of the week was wet and unseasonably cold with daytime highs mostly in the 40s. A hard freeze occurred over the north one-third of the state the morning og April 28, with temperatures as low as 22 degrees at Spencer and Mason City.

Rain fell across the east one-half of Iowa on April 26 and the eastern quarter of the state on April 27 with some snow mixed in across the northeast. April 28 brought rain to the southeast three-fourths of Iowa with amounts approaching an inch over parts of the southwest. Rain fell over all but extreme northeast Iowa April 29, with rain amounts nearing 2 inches in the extreme southeast. Rain continued statewide on April 30, with greatest amounts over the northwest.

Rain totals for the week ending at 7 a.m. April 30 varied from 0.09 inches at New Hampton to 3.14 inches at Montrose in Lee County. There was a statewide average rain amount of 0.95 inches, nearly identical to the weekly normal of 0.96 inches.

The heaviest rains fell April 30 and the night of April 30 and will be included in next week’s summary.

Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 6.7 degrees below normal.

Soil temperatures as of April 30 were averaging in the 40s statewide.

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