Fairfield Ledger
https://fairfield-ia.villagesoup.com/p/1668102

Mt. Pleasant News   Wash Journal
Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 18, 2017
AGRICULTURE

Iowans hoping for cooler weather

Jul 11, 2017

DES MOINES — Hot, dry weather prevailed across Iowa during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistical Service.

“We have seen continued dry weather throughout much of the state and many producers, especially those in southeast Iowa, need moisture,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. “Now during county fair season and corn pollination season, we hope for cooler weather and more agreeable conditions for livestock and crops.”

The weekly report is released weekly from April through October and 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 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork. Activities for the week included hauling grain, applying herbicides, cultivating, and haying.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 12 percent very short, 28 percent short, 58 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 69 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Over one-half of southeast Iowa’s topsoil has fallen to the very short moisture level category with almost one-third of the subsoil also in the very short moisture level category.

Seven percent of Iowa’s corn crop has reached the silking stage, six days behind the five-year average. As corn in the state begins pollination, many reporters mentioned the need for rain in the next few weeks. Seventy-seven percent of the corn crop was rated in good to excellent condition.

One-third of the soybean crop was blooming, with 5 percent of soybeans setting pods, three days ahead of average. Soybean condition rated 67 percent good to excellent.

Nearly all the oat crop has headed with half turning color or beyond, one week behind last year and three days behind average. Oat condition rated 76 percent good to excellent. Scattered reports of oats harvested for grain were received.

The second cutting of alfalfa hay reached 53 percent complete, four days behind last year, but five days ahead of average. Hay condition rated 67 percent good to excellent.

Pasture condition continues to decline with 55 percent good to excellent. Feedlots were reported to be in good condition as a result of the dry weather, but livestock were stressed from the heat.

 

IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY

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

Temperatures on the first and last day of the week were slightly below normal with hotter than normal weather in-between. Daytime highs were mostly in the eighties on Sunday (2nd), Friday (7th) and Saturday (8th). Temperatures in the nineties prevailed over most of the state on Thursday (6th) with a mix of eighties and nineties for the rest of the week. Temperature extremes varied from a Saturday (8th) morning low of 52 degrees at Cresco to Thursday (6th) afternoon highs of 97 degrees at Sioux City and Little Sioux. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged within a degree of normal over the east to one to three degrees above normal over the west with a statewide average of 1.3 degrees above normal. Isolated thunderstorms were scattered across the state each afternoon and evening from Sunday (2nd) through Wednesday (5th) and again over the southeast on Friday (7th) morning. Dry weather prevailed on Thursday (6th), Saturday (8th) and through the daylight hours on Sunday (9th). About one-third of the state, concentrated over the north, received no rain at all during the week while a few scattered small areas picked up over an inch of rain. The week’s highest rain total of 1.70 inches was reported just south of Arthur in Ida County and mainly fell on the evening of the Fourth. The statewide average precipitation was 0.22 inches while normal for the week is 1.07 inches. A widespread area of rain fell late Sunday (9th) into Monday (10th) morning (one to two inches common) along and east of a Mason City to Burlington line but came too late to be reflected in this week’s weather and crop statistics.

Comments (0)
If you wish to comment, please login.