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Source: State Of Iowa Ag Department

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

"Planting was slowed by the wet weather that affected much of the state for several days last week, but 23 percent of the corn crop has now been planted," Northey said. "Farmers will look to make significant progress on corn and some will likely start planting beans if we do get several days with warm dry weather as forecast."

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at or on USDA's site at The report summary follows here:


Cool weather and persistent wet conditions hindered fieldwork in Iowa during the week ending May 4, 2014, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Average temperatures were below normal for the week, but average precipitation was above normal. Statewide there were 0.9 days suitable for fieldwork.

Recent precipitation improved soil moisture levels. Topsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 10 percent very short, 32 percent short, 54 percent adequate and 4 percent surplus. Northwest Iowa remained the driest with over one-third of topsoil reported as very short or short of moisture.

Planting progress advanced little during the week. Oat seeding was 73 percent complete, 9 percentage points ahead of last year but 16 percentage points behind average. Thirty-eight percent of the oat acreage had emerged, ahead of last year's 21 percent, but 23 percentage points behind the five-year average. Twenty-three percent of the expected corn acreage was planted, 9 days ahead of last year but 10 days behind normal. Corn started to emerge. There were scattered reports of soybeans being planted.

Pasture condition rated 7 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 41 percent fair, 31 percent good and 4 percent excellent. Livestock have been moved onto pastures in parts of southern Iowa where pastures have seen more growth.

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