Hot Dry Weather Continues to Negatively Impact Crops

Crop stress in Iowa is more widespread due to the continued dry conditions.

According to the latest crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 59 percent of corn in Iowa is rated good to excellent, a four-percent drop from the week before. 55 percent of soybeans in the state are rated good to excellent, down three-percent from the previous week.

There were over six days suitable for fieldwork in Iowa last week, with nearly 6.5 days suitable in northwest Iowa.

Corn silking statewide hit 92 percent this week, which is one week ahead of last year, and five days ahead of the five-year average. 37 percent of corn reached the dough stage or beyond, and five-percent of corn has reached the dent stage, which are both better than last year and the average. In northwest Iowa, corn silking is at 93 percent, corn in the dough stage is 36 percent, and dent stage is five percent.

93 percent of Iowa soybeans are blooming, nearly two weeks ahead of last year, and 11 days ahead of the average. Soybeans setting pods reached 57 percent, three days ahead of last year, and two days ahead of the average. In northwest Iowa, 96 percent of soybeans are blooming, and 62 percent are setting pods.

69 percent of topsoil and 72 percent of subsoil in northwest Iowa is either short or very short of moisture.


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