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 has 94% of its 2013 corn crop planted as of June 16, soybean planting is only 77% complete
CROP REPORT: Iowa farmers struggled to get the remaining cropland planted during the week ending June 16, 2013, according to the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Intermittent rainfall throughout the week didn't permit enough drying, and some farmers resorted to planting in less than ideal soil conditions. Statewide there was an average of only 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork. East Central and Southeast Iowa had the most days suitable for fieldwork, while Northwest and North Central Iowa had the least amount of days suitable.
The surplus rating of soil moisture levels dropped this past week, but moisture levels remained mostly in the adequate and surplus categories. Topsoil moisture levels rated zero percent very short, zero percent short, 54% adequate and 46% surplus as of June 16. Subsoil moisture levels rate zero percent very short, 2% short, 64% adequate and 34% surplus.
Corn condition is rated 42% good and 8% excellent statewide as of June 16
As of June 16, the survey shows 94% of Iowa's corn crop was in the ground, 2 percentage points higher than last week but normally all corn is planted by this time. The shows 89% of the corn crop has emerged, 10 percentage points below the 5-year average. Corn condition statewide is reported at 4% very poor, 12% poor, 34% fair, 42% good and 8% excellent.
Farmers have planted 77% of the soybean crop, an advancement of 17 percentage points from last week, but planting is still lower than the normal 96% completed by this time. Soybean emergence is 56% complete; well behind both last year's 98%, and the 5-year average of 91%. The first soybean condition rating of the year reflects 4% very poor, 10% poor, 36% fair, 42% good and 8% excellent. Thirty-six percent of the oat crop was headed as of June 16, and the crop condition rates 1% very poor, 5% poor, 26% fair, 57% good and 11% excellent. It was reported high winds in some areas caused lodging in oats.