Moisture Levels Continue to Improve

The latest USDA Crop Progress Report for Iowa shows continued improvement in moisture levels.

According to the report, only nine percent of northwest Iowa topsoil is either short or very short of moisture compared to 19 percent the previous week. 67 percent of northwest Iowa has adequate moisture, with 24 percent surplus. 22 percent of subsoil in northwest Iowa is short or very short of moisture, down from 34 percent last week.

Statewide, 22 percent of topsoil is short or very short of moisture, down from 37 percent last week. 41 percent of statewide subsoil is short or very short of moisture, down from 55 percent last week.

Corn planted in Iowa reached 39 percent complete, which is four days ahead of last year and three days ahead of the five-year average. Two percent of the expected corn crop has emerged. 54 percent of northwest Iowa corn has been planted.

25 percent of soybeans have been planted statewide, which is four days ahead of last year and five days ahead of the average. 26 percent of northwest Iowa soybeans have been planted.

4.4 days were suitable for fieldwork last week in northwest Iowa compared to 4.2 days statewide.

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