With recent rains, pasture condition has improved and was rated 28% very poor, 30% poor, 29% fair, 12% good and 1% excellent. Stress on livestock was minimal this week, and some calves were weaned early to take advantage of good prices.
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY—For week ending September 29, 2013
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
It was a warm and relatively dry week across Iowa. Temperatures were above normal through the entire week in most areas with the warmest weather coming on Thursday (Sept. 26) and Friday (Sept. 27) when highs were mostly in the 80's. A cold front moved across Iowa on Saturday (Sept. 28) but not before temperatures climbed to near 80 in the east. Temperature extremes for the week ranged from a Friday afternoon high of 90 degrees at Spencer to a Sunday (Sept. 29) morning low of 35 degrees at Emmetsburg. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged from 2 to 3 degrees above normal over the east to 9 degrees above normal northwest with a statewide average of 5.4 degrees above normal.
Statewide average rainfall last week was 0.28 inches, while normal is 0.74 inches
Much of the week that ended September 29 was dry. However, light rain fell over parts of the southwest one-third of the state on Tuesday (Sept. 24) morning and over the western one-quarter of Iowa on Friday (Sept. 27) morning. Light to moderate rain fell statewide on Saturday (Sept. 28) as the cold front advanced across the state. Rain totals for the week varied from 0.05 inches at Mason City and Le Claire to 0.82 inches at Allerton in Wayne County. The statewide average precipitation was 0.28 inches while normal for the week is 0.74 inches.