So with fields already wet in many parts of Iowa, and with more rain and colder temperatures in the forecast for the next five days or so, many farmers are waiting rather than putting seed in the ground April 29 and 30.
USDA's weekly Crops & Weather report for Iowa is issued every Monday by the Des Moines office of USDA's National Ag Statistics Service.
The weekly report is on the Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship's website or on USDA's site. Here's the summary of the report as of April 28, which was compiled and released April 29:
CROP REPORT: The week ending April 28, 2013 began with unfavorable conditions, but dry and warmer weather across Iowa late in the week allowed fieldwork to resume. There was an average of 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week, according to the Iowa office of USDA's National Ag Statistics Service. Field activities included tilling and application of fertilizers and herbicides.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 3% very short, 7% short, 76% adequate and 14% surplus statewide. Subsoil moisture levels rated 13% very short, 31% short and 51% adequate and 5% surplus.
Although oat planting picked up pace in Iowa and was 45% complete as of April 28, it was well behind last year's 97% and the five-year average of 79%. Farmers began to plant a small amount of corn. Pasture and range condition rates 16% very poor, 23% poor, 40% fair and 19% good and 2% excellent.
Other key corn producing states also are off to a slow start, reporting very little planting progress. Iowa is at 2% corn planting completed as of April 28, well behind its 36% average; Indiana, at 1% corn planting completed, is behind its 30% average for this date. Illinois at 1% is also way behind its average.
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY—for week ending April 28, 2013
By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
The past reporting week began with unseasonably cool and wet weather. Rain began over the northwest one-half of Iowa on Sunday (April 21) and changed to snow over about the northwest one-quarter of the state on Monday (April 22). A few areas from west central into north central Iowa picked up more than an inch of rain while snow accumulated up to six inches in Lyon County in the northwest corner of Iowa.
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