Latest Iowa Crop Numbers from USDA

The percentage of Iowa’s good-to-excellent corn is down slightly, while soybeans held steady in that regard.

According to this week’s crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 63-percent of the state’s corn is rated good-to-excellent, down by one-percent from last week. Corn silking hit 79-percent this week, which is six days ahead of last year, and three days ahead of the five-year average. 19-percent of corn statewide reached the dough stage. Some reports were received of corn starting to dent. In northwest Iowa, 76-percent of corn is silking, and 20-percent has reached the dough stage.

Iowa’s soybean condition held steady at 58-percent good-to-excellent. 81-percent of soybeans are blooming statewide, which is one week ahead of last year, and five days ahead of the average. Soybeans setting pods reached 35-percent. In northwest Iowa, 82-percent of soybeans are blooming, and 36-percent are setting pods.

57-percent of topsoil and 64-percent of subsoil in northwest Iowa is either short or very short of moisture.

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