The complete weekly Iowa Crops & Weather report is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship's website or on USDA's site. The report summary follows here.
Flooding and soil erosion were reported in many areas of Iowa this past week
CROP REPORT: Dry conditions early in the week ending May 26, 2013 permitted Iowa farmers to make progress planting crops, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Des Moines. As the week continued, rainfall across much of Iowa brought a halt to field activities. There was a wide range of days suitable for fieldwork across Iowa, with North Central Iowa having less than one day suitable, and Southeast Iowa having 4 days suitable. Statewide there was an average of 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week.
Flooding and soil erosion were reported in many areas of the state. Farmers were concerned about standing water after precipitation received during the weekend. Topsoil moisture levels rated zero percent very short, 1% short, 45% adequate and 54% surplus. This is the highest surplus rating for topsoil moisture conditions since June 2010. Subsoil moisture levels rated 1% very short, 7% short, 63% adequate and 29% surplus.
Topsoil moisture rates 45% adequate and 54% surplus, the best since June 2010
As of May 26, the latest weekly survey shows 85% of Iowa's corn acreage had been planted, behind the 5-year average of 98%. Also, 54% of the state's corn crop was emerged, well behind last year's 93% and the normal 81%. Soybean planting was 40% complete, behind last year's 95% and the 5-year average of 83%. Also, 8% of Iowa's 2013 soybean crop had emerged as of May 26. Oat emergence was nearing completion, with 92% of the crop emerged. Oat condition was rated 1% very poor, 4% poor, 29% fair, 57% good and 9% excellent.