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First USDA Crop Progress Report of 2021 Released

April 05, 2021 7:27pm

Warm and dry days allowed Iowa farmers 4.3 days suitable for field work last week, according to the first USDA Crop Progress Report for this growing season released today (Mon).

There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in northwest Iowa.

Fieldwork activities included applying anhydrous and fertilizer, spreading manure, and planting oats.

12-percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, which is three days ahead of last year, and four days ahead of the five year average.

20-percent of oats have been planted in northwest Iowa.

Pastures have started to green. Livestock conditions were general good, and producers report calving is going well.

Topsoil moisure in northwest Iowa is 29-percent very short, 34-percent short, 35-percent adequate, and two-percent surplus.