Scattered rain showers at the end of the week brought much needed moisture to parts of the state, causing 85 percent of the topsoil to be rated adequate or surplus moisture. This is a significant change from a week ago when 33 percent of Iowa's topsoil moisture rated short or very short moisture. High winds accompanied the rains but caused little damage to crops. Other parts of the state received little to no precipitation, increasing worries over moisture of the soil.
In the past week there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork, compared to 5.1 days last year at this time. Topsoil moisture rated 3% very short, 12% short, 73% adequate, and 12% surplus across the state. Subsoil moisture rated 1% very short, 7% short, 79% adequate, and 13% surplus.
Oats headed are at 86%. Oats turning color are at 11%. The condition of the oat crop is zero percent very poor, 2% poor, 19% fair, 64% good, and 15% excellent. Average corn height is 36 inches.
Corn condition is at 1% very poor, 4% poor, 17% fair, 56% good, and 22% excellent. Soybeans blooming are at 5%. Soybean condition are at zero percent very poor, 3 % poor, 22% fair, 57% good, and 18% excellent.
First cutting of alfalfa hay, at 89% complete. All hay condition is 2% very poor, 9% poor, 32% fair, 49% good, and 8% excellent. Pasture condition is at 1% very poor, 5% poor, 27% fair, 57% good, and 10% excellent.