Due to the Federal government shutdown, the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) has again not completed the weekly crop progress and condition report that is released weekly during the growing season.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey has issued the following statement.
"Due to the Federal government shutdown we do not have a crop progress report again this week, but farmers continue to make significant progress on harvest statewide. The precipitation we have received has slowed progress in some areas. Overall, harvest remains behind average and yields are extremely variable," Northey said.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY
By Harry Hillaker
of Agriculture and
The past reporting week began with light rain falling over much of the state on Sunday (6th) with daytime highs only near 50 degrees. Much warmer weather prevailed from Monday (7th) through Friday (11th) with highs mostly in the 70's each day with a few locations reaching into the low 80's near the Nebraska border. Dry weather was the rule from Monday through Thursday with scattered showers on Friday and Friday night. Cooler and drier weather returned on Saturday with highs mostly in the 60's. Temperatures dipped to freezing or below over about one-half of Iowa on Sunday (13th) morning. A hard freeze was recorded in some valley bottom locations with a low of 26 degrees reported near Elkader, and 27 degrees near Spencer and Battle Creek. On the other extreme Sioux City reported a Thursday (10th) afternoon high of 83 degrees at Sioux City. Temperatures for the week as a whole averaged from one degree above normal at Burlington to seven degrees above normal in far northwest Iowa. Rain totals varied from just sprinkles at a few scattered locations such as Grundy Center, Denison and Guttenberg to 0.51 inches at Lamoni and Primghar. The statewide average precipitation was 0.11 inches while normal for the week is 0.59 inches. Soil temperatures as of Sunday (13th) were averaging from the mid 50's northwest to low 60's southeast.