First cutting alfalfa hay is 31% complete, compared to a year ago when it was already finished
The first cutting of alfalfa hay is 31% complete as of June 16. That compares to last year when the first cutting was finished, and the second cutting was 27% complete at this time. Farmers this past week waiting for drier conditions to cut hay. Hay condition is rated at 1% very poor, 3% poor, 29% fair, 52% good and 15% excellent. Pasture and range conditions rate 1% very poor, 5% poor, 24% fair, 48% good and 22% excellent.
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY—for week ended June 16, 2013
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Slightly warmer weather prevailed over the past reporting week in Iowa, the week ending June 16. The period began with temperatures slightly below normal on Sunday (June 9) and Monday (June 10) with daytime highs mostly in the 70's. However, above normal temperatures prevailed for the remainder of the week except on Friday (June 14) when widespread cloudiness reduced daytime readings. Temperature extremes for the week ranged from a high of 93 degrees at Keokuk on Wednesday afternoon to morning lows of 52 degrees at Sibley on Thursday and Elkader on Friday. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 1.7 degrees above normal.
Light rain fell over most of Iowa on Sunday (June 9) with dry weather statewide on Monday and Tuesday. Thunderstorms brought rain to about the northern two-thirds of the state on Wednesday with locally heavy rain and severe weather over north central and northeast Iowa. Thursday was mostly dry with scattered light showers over western Iowa. Rain fell nearly statewide on Friday and Saturday with the heaviest rains falling over west central Iowa on Friday evening. There were a numerous reports of high winds and hail over western Iowa Friday night and a few over the southeast corner of the state on Saturday night. Weekly rain totals varied from just 0.08 inches at Lowden in Cedar County to 6.00 inches at Coon Rapids in Carroll County. The statewide average precipitation was 1.38 inches while normal for the week is 1.19 inches.