Iowa received a reprieve from the hot weather of previous weeks as the week ending July 18 was Iowa's coolest week since early June. In fact, Battle Creek in Ida County reported a low of 39 degrees on Sunday morning July 28. The cooler weather helps conserve Iowa's soil moisture for crops, as half of the state's topsoil is now rated short on moisture. Subsoil moisture is 8% very short, 32% short, 47% adequate, 2% surplus.
"The cooler weather is a nice reprieve and reduces stress on both crops and livestock, but the crop remains behind so we continue to need warm weather to help advance maturity," observes Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey. "Much of the state could still benefit from some rain as corn can use over an inch of moisture each week during this part of the growing season."
The complete weekly report is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship's website or on USDA's site. The report summary follows here:
Iowa crops received a reprieve from hot weather, with cool-off this past week
CROP REPORT: Iowa farmers received a reprieve from hot weather during the week ending July 28, 2013, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Des Moines, which conducts the weekly Iowa Crops & Weather survey. Although rainfall lessened moisture concerns in some areas, crops were still in need of additional precipitation, especially in western Iowa, which received the least amount of rain. Statewide there was an average of 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork.