DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.
“Farmers are trying to wrap up harvest and complete additional fall field work, including tillage, fertilizer applications and conservation practice construction,” Northey said. “That 12 percent of the corn crop still in the field represents an estimated $1 billion worth of grain yet to be harvested in Iowa.”
The weekly report 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. The report summary follows here:
Corn harvest advanced to 88 percent complete in Iowa during the week ending November 10, 2013, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities for the week included the application of anhydrous ammonia and fertilizers. High moisture corn was a concern for farmers with fields left to be harvested.
Above normal precipitation during the week improved soil moisture levels. Topsoil moisture levels rated 10 percent very short, 27 percent short, 61 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 23 percent very short, 36 percent short, 40 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 51 percent moderate to heavy. Ninety-five percent of Iowa reported adequate or surplus off-farm grain storage availability and 85 percent reported adequate or surplus on-farm grain storage availability.
Iowa farmers harvested 13 percent of their corn for grain or seed during the week advancing harvest to 88 percent complete, 8 percentage points ahead of normal. Soybean harvest was 98 percent complete, 3 days ahead of normal.
Pasture condition rated 19 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 17 percent good and 2 percent excellent. Hay supplies were considered 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus across Iowa with over 90 percent rated in fair to good condition.
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
The primary weather event of the past reporting week was the widespread precipitation event occurring from Tuesday (5th) morning to Wednesday (6th) morning. This event came in the form of rain over most of Iowa and two to four inches of snow over the extreme northwest. Heaviest rain fell in northeast Iowa where numerous locations received over one and one-half inches. Otherwise there was some light rain from south central into northeast Iowa Monday (4th). The rest of the week was dry. Postville reported the most rain with 1.86 inches while the extreme northwest and southeast corners of the state were the driest with 0.33 inches of rain at Keokuk and 0.26 inches of precipitation (in the form of 3 inches of snow) at Rock Rapids. The statewide average precipitation was 0.91 inches while normal for the week is 0.52 inches. Thanks to another widespread precipitation event on October 30, this marks the first time that Iowa has recorded consecutive wetter than normal weeks since late May. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 0.6 degrees below normal. Daytime highs were mostly in the 40’s from Tuesday through Friday over northern Iowa but occasionally climbed into the 60’s over portions of the south on Friday and Saturday. Temperature extremes varied from a Thursday morning low of 15 degrees at Sioux Center to a Friday afternoon high of 67 degrees at Red Oak. Finally, soil temperatures as of Sunday (10th) were averaging in the upper 30’s northwest to mid 40’s southeast. Snow-covered ground impeded fieldwork over the far northwest from Tuesday until the last of the snow melted on Friday morning.