Northwest Iowa — 31-percent of the corn acreage in northwest Iowa was planted as of the end of last week, according to the Weekly Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report, released by the United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service.
With 31-percent of the corn acreage planted, northwest Iowa ranks toward the bottom for completed corn planting, at this point. Only northeast Iowa ranks lower, with 26-percent of corn acres planted. The statewide average is 40-percent. That 40-percent, however, puts planting 6 days ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the 5-year average.
Ninety-two percent of the State’s oat crop has been planted, one week ahead of last year and more than 2 weeks ahead of average. Oats emerged reached 40 percent, moving ahead of average for the first time this year. There were scattered reports of soybeans being planted.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 89 percent adequate and 6 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 3 percent short, 90 percent adequate and 7 percent surplus.
Pasture condition rated 61 percent good to excellent, with pastures described as green and growing. Livestock conditions were reported as good, although some feedlots were back to muddy conditions due to rain in some parts of Iowa.
For the complete Weekly Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report, click here.