Pella Chronicle

July 2, 2013

USDA: Iowa corn, soybean planting almost finished


DES MOINES — Iowa's corn crop is about three weeks behind normal, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture says most of the crop is in good shape.

The weekly crop conditions report says 99 percent of Iowa's corn has been planted and 96 percent has emerged. The fact those numbers are less than complete shows the lingering effects of the wettest spring in Iowa history. More than half the crop rates as good or excellent.

Soybeans are also behind schedule by about two weeks. As with corn, more than 50 percent rates good or excellent.

In southeast Iowa, 97 percent of soybeans are planted and 91 percent have emerged. Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop has emerged as well.

While it might not seem like it, last week averaged both wetter and warmer than normal. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker reported the state averaged 1.72 inches of rain, more than a half-inch more than normal. Temperatures were slightly warmer as well, with a statewide high of 93 degrees in Des Moines.

A stubborn one percent of topsoil in southeast Iowa remains short of moisture, but well over a third of the total has a surplus. Subsoil moisture was slower to recharge following last year's drought, but it too has recovered.