With 95% of the soybean crop blooming on August 18, pods were being set on 71% of the soybean crop, well behind last year's 94% and the normal 89%. Soybean condition declined slightly from last week and is now rated 5% very poor, 12% poor, 36% fair, 38% good and 9% excellent. Oat harvest on August 18 was wrapping up across Iowa.
The third cutting of alfalfa has reached 36% compete, 9 days behind the normal pace. Both hay and pasture conditions continued to deteriorate during the week ending August 18, and the amount rated in the good and excellent categories fell 4 and 3 percentage points, respectively. Hay condition is rated at 5% very poor, 13% poor, 36% fair, 40% good and 6% excellent. Pasture condition is rated 10% very poor, 22% poor, 40% fair, 25% good and 3% excellent.
Unseasonably cool weather prevailed last week; most of Iowa is still waiting for a substantial rain
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY—for week ending August 18, 2013
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Unseasonably cool weather prevailed for another week while most of the state is still waiting for a substantial rain. Temperatures averaged below normal every day during the week ending August 18, as they have for all but one day in the past four weeks.
Temperatures approached normal on Sunday (Aug. 11) and Monday (Aug. 12) with highs mostly in the 80's but they were well below normal from Tuesday (Aug. 13) through Thursday (Aug. 15) when daytime highs were mostly in the 70's. Temperature extremes for the week ranged from Sunday (Aug. 11) afternoon highs of 88 degrees at Bloomfield, Centerville, Des Moines, Donnellson and Osceola, as well as at Red Oak on Monday to Wednesday morning lows of 42 degrees at Elkader and Belle Plaine. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 5.9 degrees below normal.
Temperatures for week ending August 18 averaged 5.9 degrees below normal
Thunderstorms brought very welcome rain to parts of north central and central Iowa on Sunday (Aug. 11) night with a maximum reported amount of 2.27 inches at Boone. Rain was also widespread across the southwest one-third of the state on Wednesday night with Underwood (Pottawattamie Co.) reporting the most with 3.85 inches. However, parts of the state, particularly the far southeast, received no rain for the week. The statewide average precipitation was 0.44 inches while normal for the week is 0.98 inches. The week ending August 18 was the sixth week of the past seven to bring less than normal rainfall.