Pella Chronicle

Agriculture

September 24, 2013

NORTHEY COMMENTS ON IOWA CROPS

Pella — Iowa received some much needed precipitation during the week ending September 22, 2013, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Areas of Central Iowa experienced wind damage from Thursday evening’s storm. Statewide there were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities for the week included chopping corn silage and harvesting seed corn.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 36 percent very short, 41 percent short, 23 percent adequate and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 41 percent very short, 40 percent short, 19 percent adequate and 0 percent surplus. Southeast Iowa was the driest with 97 percent of topsoil moisture rated in the very short and short categories.

With almost the entire corn crop in or past the dough stage, 89 percent of the crop was dented, 6 percentage points behind normal. Thirty-five percent of corn was mature, well behind the normal 61 percent. Some operators reported harvesting their earliest planted corn. Corn condition improved slightly to 9 percent very poor, 18 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 32 percent good and 5 percent excellent. Sixty-nine percent of soybeans had turned color, 20 percentage points behind normal. Twenty-two percent of the crop had dropped leaves, 10 days behind normal pace. There were scattered reports of the earliest planted soybeans being harvested. Soybean condition also improved slightly to 10 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 30 percent good and 4 percent excellent.

The harvest of third cutting alfalfa was 96 percent complete, slightly ahead of the normal 93 percent. Pasture condition improved and was rated 32 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 10 percent good and 1 percent excellent.

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