Northwest Iowa — Most of Iowa experienced cooler than normal temperatures and below-normal precipitation last week, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.
The USDA’s Brad Medlock tells us about it.
Here in the northwest reporting district, 84 percent of corn had reached the dough stage. The statewide 5-year average by this time of year is 97 percent. 52 percent had reached the dent stage. The statewide 5-year average by this time of year is 79 percent. So we are, as expected, a little behind. Topsoil moisture in the northwest district is one percent very short, 26 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and three percent surplus. Subsoil moisture remains adequate for the most part, with zero percent very short, 21 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and three percent surplus.