DES MOINES - Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.
"Farmers continue to make progress as they work to wrap up harvest and complete other fall fieldwork before winter sets in," Northey said.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Only seven percent of corn in Iowa remained in the field following the week ending November 17, 2013, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities for the week included fertilizer application, fall tillage, tile installation, and baling corn stalks.
Topsoil moisture levels rated 10 percent very short, 21 percent short, 66 percent adequate and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 21 percent very short, 37 percent short, 41 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 41 percent moderate to heavy. Ninety-four percent of Iowa reported adequate or surplus off-farm grain storage availability and 85 percent reported adequate or surplus on-farm grain storage availability.
Iowa farmers harvested five percent of their corn for grain or seed during the week advancing harvest to 93 percent complete, six percentage points ahead of normal. Soybean harvest was 99 percent complete, at the normal pace. South Central Iowa lagged behind the rest of the State with 87 percent of corn and 95 percent of soybeans harvested.
Pasture condition rated 23 percent very poor, 30 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 16 percent good and 1 percent excellent. Hay supplies were considered 17 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus across Iowa with 91 percent rated in fair to good condition.