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.
“The extremely unusual weather last week resulted in little planting progress and now just 8 percent of the corn is in the ground, the least progress at this point since 1995,” Northey said. “We will need several days of dry weather and warmer temperatures so fields can dry out before farmers can get going again. Everyone is anxious to get their corn planted, fortunately farmers can make rapid progress when conditions allow.”
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:
Dry and warm weather in the first half of the week ending May 5, 2013 turned to cold and wet weather by mid-week. Temperatures dropped low enough for snowfall to be seen across much of
Topsoil moisture levels rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 59 percent adequate and 37 percent surplus. The precipitation received during the week continued to improve subsoil moisture levels. Subsoil moisture levels rated 4 percent very short, 24 percent short and 63 percent adequate and 9 percent surplus.
Eight percent of
Pasture and range condition rated 10 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 39 percent fair and 27 percent good and 4 percent excellent. Enough moisture has been received to promote new growth in pastures, but cooler than average temperatures have limited the growth of grass.
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
What a week for weather across