(Des Moines) The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday that twelve-percent of Iowa’s corn crop is in poor condition. That ranks at the bottom of the nations corn growing states.
Ninety-four percent of Iowa’s corn crop was in the ground, 2 percentage points higher than last week but normally all corn is planted by this time. Eighty-nine percent of the corn crop has emerged, 10 percentage points below the five-year average. Corn condition was reported at 4 percent very poor, 12 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 42 percent good and 8 percent excellent.
Farmers have planted 77 percent of the soybean crop, an advancement of 17 percentage points from last week, but planting is still lower than the normal 96 percent. Soybean emergence was 56 percent complete; well behind both last year’s 98 percent, and the five-year average of 91 percent.
The first soybean condition rating of the year reflected 4 percent very poor, 10 percent poor, 36 percent fair, 42 percent good and 8 percent excellent. Thirty-six percent of the oat crop was headed, and the crop condition rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 57 percent good and 11 percent excellent. It was reported high winds in some areas caused lodging in oats.
June 18, 2013