Farmers Still Not Able to Spend Much Time in Fields

Last week was another week of colder-than-normal temperatures in Iowa with rain and snow.

Farmers statewide had nearly three days suitable for fieldwork, while farmers in northwest Iowa had just under 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork. According to the USDA Crop Progress Report, minimal fieldwork was done during the week, but some producers were able to apply anhydrous, manure, and dry fertilizer. High winds prevented producers from spraying fertilizer towards the end of the week.

In northwest Iowa, half of the topsoil has adequate moisture levels, with a six percent surplus. 42 percent of subsoil in northwest Iowa has adequate moisture, with a five percent surplus.

Statewide, 47 percent of topsoil has adequate moisture with a four percent surplus, and 34 percent of subsoil has adequate moisture with a two percent surplus.

43 percent of oats are planted in northwest Iowa. Statewide, 32 percent of oats seeding is complete, which is six days ahead of last year and one week ahead of the five-year average. Oats emerged reached four percent complete.

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