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A soybean field near Boone blends into the horizon yesterday. Crops across the state are seeing some disease pressure from sudden death syndrome but according to the weekly crop report 51 percent of the crop is rated good and 25 percent is rated excellent.

“I am seeing corn fields starting to show premature yellowing as well as in soybean fields,” said Grant Kimberley, ISA market development director and central Iowa farmer. “I think the excessive rain, humidity and heat as of late is starting to increase some disease in both crops. Yields are still probably good, but it could be taking the top end off.”

Harvest nears completion in Iowa

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crops report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.

“Farmers are trying to wrap up harvest and complete additional fall field work, including tillage, fertilizer applications and conservation practice construction,” Northey said.  “That 12 percent of the corn crop still in the field represents an estimated $1 billion worth of grain yet to be harvested in Iowa.”

Corn harvest advanced to 88 percent complete in Iowa during the week ending November 10, 2013, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Statewide there were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork. Other activities for the week included the application of anhydrous ammonia and fertilizers. High moisture corn was a concern for farmers with fields left to be harvested.

Above normal precipitation during the week improved soil moisture levels. Topsoil moisture levels rated 10 percent very short, 27 percent short, 61 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 23 percent very short, 36 percent short, 40 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus. Grain movement from farm to elevator was rated 51 percent moderate to heavy. Ninety-five 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 13 percent of their corn for grain or seed during the week advancing harvest to 88 percent complete, 8 percentage points ahead of normal. Soybean harvest was 98 percent complete, 3 days ahead of normal.

To read more and see updated harvest results go to the Iowa Soybean Association’s web page.

Photo by Joe Murphy, ISA member communications manager

Crop report

soybean field

Planting is complete statewide according to the U.S. Department of  Agriculture National Agriculture Statistical Service reports. The weekly report said that soybean emergence is 95 percent complete; three percentage points behind the five-year average.

“The warm dry weather last week was very welcome and crops responded and look much better,” said Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. “Everything has been delayed by the cool wet start to the growing season, but the dryer weather has helped both the corn and soybean crop and allowed farmers get back in the fields to finish any needed fieldwork.”

By Joe Murphy 


Remembering the loss

Patriot Day is today, an annual observance on September 11 to remember those who were injured or died during the terrorist attacks in the United States on September 11, 2001. We recognize these heroes and celebrate America’s enduring freedoms.

“That some good can be derived from every event is a better proposition than that everything happens for the best, which it assuredly does not.” ~James K. Feibleman

By Joe Murphy

Farmers worry about yield losses and drought

Jason Russell scouts a soybean field near his home in Prairieburg.

Jason Russell, Prairieburg, checks the conditions of a soybean field near his home. Russell, like many other farmers across the state, is worried about yield losses as the stretch of hot days and lack of rain continues.

“We do need more rain,” Russel said. “In the last 10 days we’ve had just over an inch. We’re at least five inches short since planting time and 12 inches short for the year.”

On Monday Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service.

“Iowa continues to receive periodic rains, but many areas remain short of moisture,” Northey said. “The hot, dry weather is a concern as we enter the critical pollination time for the corn crop, so hopefully the heat will break and the state’s crop will get some more needed rainfall.”

Russell can see the urgency in getting a timely rain and cooler temps as corn begins to pollinate.

“I’d say we’re going to have to have some cooler nights if we’re going to get our corn pollinated. Otherwise, we won’t have anything but a lot of pretty stalks come fall,” Russell said.

By Joe Murphy