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DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November.

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We really didn’t do a lot last week. Had some board meetings and went to the State Fair. Crop-wise things progressed and things look good. We got about an inch of rain Saturday night and moderate temperatures today with a possibility of a shot of rain tonight. We couldn’t really ask for a better August so far.

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Another week of summer temperatures in the 90s moved the crop along, trying to make up some of the season delay. Fungicide applications to soybeans are continuing. Yield checks on corn and soybeans seem premature with beans still setting pods and the potential for tip-back on corn still a concern. Storms brought heavy winds and rain, and some corn and soybeans leaned as a result. Weekly rainfall totals in a few isolated parts of the neighborhood were over 12 inches! The limited acres of sorghum in the area have already headed. It’s time to begin servicing equipment and preparing for harvest along with a quick trip to the Farm Progress Show to see the industry’s showcase.

Corn and soybean development progressed last week, though the dry weather resulted in reports of drought stress on lighter soils while irrigation was running where available. Wheat harvest was all but wrapped up last week and mint harvest progressed steadily. Farmers made significant progress with hay cuttings, but regrowth was slow due to the dry conditions.

Corn and soybean development moved along last week, and farmers were able to stay on top of weed management with the favorable weather. Irrigation rigs were reported to be running throughout the week. Wheat harvest started to wrap up across the state, and producers were able to make significant progress with hay and mint harvest.

As April approaches, it’s easy to become anxious about the start of planting season. While there can be benefits to planting corn and soybeans early, there is much more to consider than the date on the calendar.

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