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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.
“At the end of each growing season farmers reflect on the year, but also look forward to the next and consider what they can do to make the next year even more successful,” Northey said. “2013 certainly presented a number challenges, from late planting due to wet weather to a flash drought late in the summer, but overall it was a fairly successful year that showed again the resiliency and commitment of Iowa’s farmers.”
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:
Cold and wet weather persisted across Iowa during the week ending November 24, 2013, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Iowa corn harvest for grain or seed is nearing completion at 97 percent harvested, four percentage points ahead of normal. Other activities for the week included finishing fall tillage and baling corn stalks.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 8 percent very short, 23 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 20 percent very short, 35 percent short, 44 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 31 percent moderate to heavy. Ninety-four percent of Iowa reported adequate or surplus off-farm grain storage availability and 85 percent reported adequate or surplus on-farm grain storage availability.
Pasture condition rated 22 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 16 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Hay supplies were considered 17 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus across Iowa with 91 percent rated in fair to good condition.
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
The past reporting week began with widespread light to moderate rain with a few thunderstorms on Sunday (17th) morning. Wednesday (20th) brought showers and a few thunderstorms to the southeast one-half of Iowa with Lamoni reporting the most rain with 0.92 inches. Finally, a third storm system brought light rain and/or freezing rain changing over to light snow from Thursday (21st) afternoon into Friday (22nd) morning. Maximum snowfall amounts were around two inches from Audubon to Boone in west central Iowa with maximum rain amounts around one-quarter inch in Taylor and Ringgold counties. Light snow cover of an inch or less persisted over most of southwest, central and northeast Iowa through the weekend. Weekly precipitation totals varied from only 0.01 inches at Rock Valley to 1.26 inches at Lamoni and 1.29 inches at Centerville. The statewide average precipitation was 0.37 inches or just a little less than the weekly normal of 0.44 inches. The week began with very mild weather on Sunday (17th) when late morning temperatures climbed to 71 degrees at Burlington, Clinton and Keokuk. Monday (18th) was much colder with daytime highs mostly in the 40’s. Tuesday (19th) and Wednesday (20th) were seasonably cool over the east while western Iowa warmed into the 50’s with a few 60’s. Temperatures plunged on Thursday (21st) and continued to fall through Sunday (24th) morning. Daytime highs were only in the teens over most of the northwest one-half of the state on Saturday (23rd). Minimum temperatures dipped to zero on Friday morning at Sheldon and on Saturday morning at Sibley. Webster City recorded the lowest temperature of the week with a Sunday (24th) morning low of minus 3 degrees. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 1.9 degrees below normal. The uppermost two to four inches of soil was frozen across much of Iowa by Sunday.
On Feed Nov 1 - 94% (94% expected)
Placed in Oct - 110% (110% expected)
Marketed in Oct - 101% (101% expected)
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Prestigious industry award for Case IH / New Quadtrac series wins the XXL tractor category / Leading agricultural journalists recognise the unique Quadtrac concept
The winner has been found: The Case IH Quadtrac 620 is "Machine of the Year 2014" in the XXL tractor category. On the third evening of this year’s Agritechnica exhibition in Hannover, the industry accolade „Machine of the Year 2014" was awarded to Case IH in the presence of well over 600 participating guests. The highly coveted trophy, which has become an important recognition of achievements in the industry, was awarded because of the innovative concept of the new Case IH Quadtrac series.
In his laudation Agricultural editor Bernd Feuerborn not only acknowledged the nearly 700hp maximum and a torque of up to 3,000 Nm but also highlighted the excellent driving comfort of the most powerful series tractor produced worldwide . The Quadtrac tractors feature the largest cab in the industry and an unsurpassed surround vision. The surveyor™ cab offers an exclusive suspension system which balances and absorbs any forward, sideways or seesaw cab movements, thus providing superior operational comfort and control.
The Quadtrac particularly impressed the jury with its peak performance in terms of traction and soil protection. With four independent tracks, the chassis provides for a consistent footprint of more than 5.6 square metres – exceeding the contact area of comparable tractors in this class by more than 25%. This huge contact area increases traction whilst greatly reducing soil pressure and almost completely avoiding slippage.
All Quadtrac tractors are powered by the new FPT Industrial Cursor 13 engines. This 6 cylinder power source with a capacity of 12.9 litres and two intercoolers, enables a significant improvement in the thermal efficiency of the engine. The new Quadtrac series, presented at
Agritechnica for the first time, is one of the first high performance tractor series to fulfil the tightened Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emission regulations with an SCR-only system.
The newest generation of the Case IH Efficient Power System featuring new and patented exhaust treatment technologies is used to achieve these results.
The new engines with the unique HI-eSCR technology deliver optimised combustion, thus ensuring that the Case IH Quadtrac continues to stay in the lead with regard to fuel efficiency. The patented technology not only provides outstanding cost-effectiveness but also NOx transformation efficiency of 95 percent –setting the standard in the industry.
The engines are aligned to deliver maximum performance without increasing emissions or reducing effectiveness.
The "Machine of the Year 2014" accolade is awarded by technical editors of the Deutscher Landwirtschaftsverlag (German Agricultural Publishers) in cooperation with other European agricultural magazines. For this award, journalists specifically look for innovative and outstanding new developments in agricultural engineering. The "machine of the year" accolade is awarded at the Agritechnica exhibition.
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