Pella Chronicle

Crop News

October 12, 2011



Des Moines, Iowa —

Ninety-seven percent of Iowa’s soybean fields are dropping leaves, equal to last year and 1 percentage point ahead of normal. Almost 50 percent of Iowa’s soybean crop was harvested last week, with soybean harvest jumping to 70 percent complete, still behind last year’s 74 percent but 5 days ahead of the average pace. Only two districts, East Central and South Central, have yet to reach 50 percent harvested for soybeans. Soybean shattering levels increased from the previous week to 16 percent moderate to heavy. Soybean condition stands at 4 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 47 percent good and 18 percent excellent.

Pasture and range condition rated 17 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 22 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Hay supplies are considered short in 19 percent of Iowa as many producers are already feeding hay as pasture growth is nonexistent due to dry conditions.

IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY: By Harry Hillaker, State Climatologist, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Iowa experienced a very warm and dry week. Daytime highs were in the 80’s in most areas throughout the week with Clarinda, Shenandoah and Sioux City reaching 90 degrees on Tuesday (4th). Overnight temperatures dropped quite low in some areas early in the reporting week with Leon falling to 32 degrees on Monday (3rd) morning but were in the 50’s and 60’s late in the week and over the weekend. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged 11.3 degrees above normal. Meanwhile no rain fell across the eastern two-thirds of Iowa this past week. Far northwest Iowa saw a few sprinkles on Thursday while scattered locations over the west saw some occasional light rain on Friday and Saturday. Lester in Lyon County reported the most rain for the week with 0.44 inch. The statewide average precipitation was only 0.01 inch while normal for the week is 0.62 inch. This was the fifth consecutive drier than normal week and tenth week of the past eleven with less than the usual amount of rain.

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