IOWA AG SECRETARY COMMENTS ON THE RECENT WEATHER REPORT

 

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture, Bill Northey, commented on the latest crop report for the State of Iowa released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.

According to Northey, crops in the state are continually growing to maturity with 83% of the corn and 82% of the beans rating good to excellent despite flooding problems in the northeast part of the state.

The report also said that 4.1 days of suitable weather for farm work with top soil moisture rating 1% very short, 82-83% adequate and 10% percent surplus. 94% of the corn is in the drought stage, 13% of soybeans have turned to color slightly ahead of last year and the third cutting of alfalfa was 73% complete.

Pasture conditions are rated 64% good to excellent and livestock conditions are normal although in some parts of the state higher insect numbers and muddy feedlots were reported.