Crops Continue To Make Progress
(Des Moines)-- Warm weather and drier conditions allowed Iowa farmers 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 8th, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included herbicide and fungicide applications, detasseling seed corn and harvesting hay.
Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 9 percent short, 72 percent adequate and 17 percent surplus. Ponding was still observed in some fields in northern Iowa, while in the south, topsoil moisture supplies were one-third to one-half short to very short.
35 percent of the corn crop has silked, 8 days ahead of last year and the 5-year average. 78 percent of the corn crop was rated in good to excellent condition. 46 percent of the soybean crop was blooming, over one week ahead of the average. 7 percent of the soybean crop was setting pods, 3 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of average. 76 percent of the soybean crop was in good to excellent condition.