Some Iowa farmers have had to re-plant their crops due to weather issues.
The weekly Crop Progress Report on Monday said many producers in the upper two-thirds of the state re-planted corn and soybeans due to frost damage that occurred in late May. The report also says corn emergence in Iowa has reached 96 percent, nine days ahead of the five-year average. Iowa’s corn condition rated 77 percent good to excellent.
Meanwhile, nearly all of Iowa’s soybean crop has been planted. USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says 98 percent of soybeans have been planted in Iowa, almost two weeks ahead of normal. Rippey notes soybean planting progress is moving fast throughout the rest of the country.
“For the week ending June 6th, the vast majority of U.S. soybeans have been planted reaching 90 percent,” said Rippey. “That’s well ahead of the five-year average of 79 percent and last year’s 84 percent.”
In Iowa, soybeans emerged reached 86 percent, nine days ahead of the five-year average. Soybean emergence in southeast Iowa is slightly behind with over one-quarter of the soybean crop yet to emerge. Soybean condition rated 73 percent good to excellent.
Iowa oats headed reached 37 percent, four days ahead of normal. Oat condition rated 68 percent good to excellent.
Iowa farmers took advantage of the week’s dry weather and completed 41 percent of the first cutting of alfalfa hay during the week ending June 6 to reach 58 percent complete, two days ahead of normal. Hay condition rated 62 percent good to excellent. Pasture condition rated 53 percent good to excellent.
Some stress on livestock due to high temperatures was reported.