Farmers lose much of the week due to rainfall

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Iowa Secretary of Iowa Bill Northey said 100 percent of Iowa’s topsoil moisture levels are considered either “adequate” or surplus, according to the USDA’s weekly crop and weather report.

“Farmers took full advantage of the less than two and a half days suitable for field work to plant seven percent of anticipated corn acres and 22 percent of soybean acres,” he said. “The spotty showers and sometimes heavy rains made it difficult to make much planting progress, especially in the later part of the week. As we approach the end of May, farmers are very anxious to finish planting and we hope for agreeable conditions to allow that to happen.”

Topsoil moisture levels rated zero percent very short, zero percent short, 65 percent adequate and 35 percent surplus. Iowa’s subsoil moisture levels rated zero percent very short, one percent short, 71 percent adequate and 28 percent surplus.

Ninety-two percent of the corn crop has been planted, three days behind last year but two days ahead of the five-year average. Corn emerged reached 59 percent, four days behind last year. The first corn condition rating of the season was one percent very poor, two percent poor, 22 percent fair, 63 percent good and 12 percent excellent. Soybean planting reached 62 percent complete, two days behind last year but one day ahead of average. Fifteen percent of soybeans have emerged, one day behind average. Oat emergence reached 92 percent, two days ahead of average. Oat condition was rated 80 percent good to excellent.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay advanced to 8 percent complete. Hay conditions decreased slightly to 82 percent good to excellent. Pasture condition remained at 82 percent good to excellent. The week’s rain resulted in muddy feedlots again, stressing some cattle.

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