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Iowa Crop Progress Update - May 13-19, 2024

Iowa Crop Progress Update - May 13-19, 2024

By Andi Anderson

Iowa farmers had 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 21, 2024, due to cooler temperatures and much-needed rain, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Despite the weather, planting continued when field conditions allowed.

Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 10% very short, 27% short, 60% adequate, and 3% surplus. Subsoil moisture was 19% very short, 36% short, 43% adequate, and 2% surplus.

Corn planting reached 13% completion, ahead of last year and the 5-year average. Soybean planting was at 8%, also ahead of the average. Oats saw significant progress with 78% planted and 34% emerged, both ahead of last year's pace.

Pastures and hay fields are greening up thanks to the rain, though no cattle have been turned out yet.

Severe weather, including tornadoes, hail, and strong winds, impacted the state early in the week, followed by beneficial rain. Iowa experienced slightly warmer temperatures, averaging 51.6 degrees, 2.2 degrees above normal.

The week’s precipitation ranged from 0.51 inches in Sac City to 4.00 inches in Remsen, with a statewide average of 1.58 inches. The highest temperature reported was 89 degrees in Winterset, while the lowest was 23 degrees in Elkader. Soil temperatures remained in the mid to upper 40s.

Farmers are making progress despite weather challenges, ensuring Iowa's crops get a good start this season. Register for ongoing updates by May 31 to stay informed.

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