Iowa Crops Continue to be Under Stress

Persistent dry weather has put continued stress on Iowa crops, which is especially the case with soybeans.

According to the latest U.S. Department of Agriculture Crop Progress Report, there are multiple reports of disease entering Iowa soybean fields.

53-percent of soybeans statewide rated good-to-excellent, down six-percent from last week. Reports were received of soybeans dropping leaves.

Corn in Iowa considered good-to-excellent is at 54-percent, also down six-percent from the previous week. Six-percent of corn in Iowa has reached maturity.

40-percent of topsoil in northwest Iowa is short or very short of moisture, nine-percent less than a week ago.

58-percent of subsoil in northwest Iowa is short or very short of moisture, and that’s three-percent higher than last week.

Hot and humid weather with precipitation well below normal throughout the state last week gave Iowa farmers 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork. In northwest Iowa, nearly six days were suitable for fieldwork.

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