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Iowa Oat Planting Ahead of 2020 Pace
Iowa Ag Connection - 04/06/2021

Warm and dry days allowed Iowa farmers 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sunday, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included applying anhydrous and fertilizer, spreading manure and planting oats.

Topsoil moisture levels rated 8% very short, 25% short, 64% adequate and 3% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 12% very short, 29% short, 56% adequate and 3% surplus.

Twelve percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, 3 days ahead of last year and 4 days ahead of the 5-year average.

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

"With recent warm and dry conditions across the state, many farmers are eager to begin fieldwork with an eye towards planting," said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. "Farmers should be cautious though as cold snaps and a late spring freeze are possible through the end of April. Chances of rain are also back in the forecast."

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