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Iowa harvest continues

Oct 03, 2017

DES MOINES — Rainfall during the week slowed down harvest allowing Iowa farmers 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

“Harvest picked up speed last week and now 6 percent of corn and 16 percent of beans have been harvested,” said Mike Naig, Iowa deputy secretary of agriculture. “After rain showers that are in the forecast for the first part of this week, I expect harvest to begin in earnest when fields dry back out and conditions allow.”

The Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report, released weekly from April through October, is also 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 the report summary:

Although there were wet field conditions in parts of the state, activities for the week ending Oct. 1 included harvesting corn for grain and soybeans, seeding cover crops, and finishing the last cutting of hay.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 17 percent very short, 26 percent short, 56 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Subsoil moisture levels rated 20 percent very short, 32 percent short, 47 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop has reached the dent stage or beyond, five days behind the five-year average. Seventy-three percent of corn had reached maturity, six days behind last year and three days behind average. Six percent of the corn crop for grain has been harvested, nearly two weeks behind average. Moisture content of field corn being harvested was at 23 percent. Corn condition improved slightly to 60 percent good to excellent.

Ninety-seven percent of soybeans were turning color or beyond, three days ahead of last year and four days ahead of average. Eighty-four percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, four days ahead of average. Sixteen percent of the soybean crop has been harvested, one day behind last year and three days behind average. Soybean condition also improved slightly with 61 percent good to excellent.

Pasture condition improved slightly to 22 percent good to excellent. Rain this past week prompted pastures to regrow and green up.

No livestock comments were received.

 

Weather summary

The past week began with very warm and humid weather on Sept. 24, with afternoon temperatures in the mid-80s to lower 90s statewide.

A strong cold front slowly moved into the state Sept. 25 with highs reaching only the upper 50s in the far northwest while lower 90ss persisted over the east. Parts of eastern Iowa were in the low 80s on Sept. 26 while northwestern Iowa saw highs in the mid-60s. The remainder of the week brought seasonal to slightly warmer than normal weather.

Temperature extremes for the week varied from highs of 93 degrees at Iowa City on Sept. 24 and 25, while Cresco recorded a low of 35 degrees the morning of Sept. 30. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 5.4 degrees above normal.

Showers and thunderstorms slowly spread eastward across the state from the afternoon of Sept. 24 into the morning of Sept. 26. Heaviest rains were across the northwest one-half of the state where 1 to 2 inch amounts were common.

Rain over the east central and southeast Iowa was mostly under 0.5 inch with some areas, such as Dubuque, Iowa City, Davenport and Mt. Pleasant seeing no rain at all.

ome light to moderate rain fell over far northwestern Iowa late Sept. 30 into the morning of Oct. 1. Otherwise, dry weather prevailed statewide from the afternoon of Sept. 26 through Sept. 30.

Mondamin in Harrison County reported the most rain for the week with 4.16 inches.

The statewide average rainfall was 0.90 inches while normal for the week is 0.72 inches. Record low September rain totals were recorded at Anamosa (0.36 inches) and Dubuque Lock & Dam (0.23). Even lower September monthly totals (as low as 0.05 inches) were recorded in the Burlington area but ranked behind the trace amounts reported in 1979 in that corner of the state.

Harry Hillaker, state climatologist with the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship, provides the Iowa preliminary weather summary.

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