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Dry weather helps harvest progress

Nov 14, 2017

DES MOINES — Limited precipitation during the week that ended Sunday allowed an average of 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork statewide, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“A mostly dry week in Iowa allowed for good progress on the harvest, with 85 percent of corn and 97 percent of beans combined. The corn harvest is catching up, and is now only one week behind the five year average,” said Mike Naig, Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture.

The Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report, released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service, 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.

According to he report summary, harvest has begun to wind down as many Iowa farmers were able to work in their fields throughout the week. Additional fieldwork activities this past week included baling cornstalks, tillage, applying fertilizers and manure, tiling, seeding CRP and hauling grain.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 3 percent very short, 10 percent short, 83 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture levels rated 6 percent very short, 17 percent short, 74 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus.

Eighty-five percent of the corn for grain crop has been harvested, one week behind last year and the five-year average. Moisture content of corn being harvested for grain averaged 17 percent. Only northwest and north central Iowa have 90 percent or more of their corn for grain crop harvested.

Ninety-seven percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, equal to last year, but five days behind average.

Livestock conditions were reported as normal with no concerns. There were also reports of cattle grazing in recently harvested fields with little hay being fed.


Weather summary

It was an unseasonably cold and mostly dry week across Iowa.

Temperatures were well below normal throughout the week with some moderation finally arriving over the weekend. Daytime high temperatures were only in the low to mid-20s over parts of northern Iowa on both Nov. 9 and 10 while only small portions of southeast Iowa on Nov. 5 and extreme western Iowa on Nov. 8 reached 50 degrees during the week.

Temperature extremes varied from highs of 54 degrees at Centerville, Iowa City and Washington on Nov. 5 while Swea City recorded a Nov. 10 morning low of 6 degrees.

Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 8.7 degrees below normal.

The only measurable precipitation for the week came the night of Nov. 11 into the morning of Nov. 12 over the southeast two-thirds of the state, including a short-lived dusting of snow over extreme eastern areas the morning of Nov. 12.

Precipitation totals varied from none over much of the northwest one-third of Iowa to 0.65 inches just southwest of Iowa City.

The statewide average precipitation was 0.14 inches while normal for the week is 0.50 inches.

The weather summary is provided by Harry Hillaker, state climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship.

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