Last week’s rain helps local crop conditions

MASON CITY — Much-needed rain last week fell across the state of Iowa, resulting in better crop conditions.

The weekly crop report from the US Department of Agriculture showed corn statewide was 64% good to excellent, up from 61% the week before. 68% of soybeans were blooming, one week ahead of last year and five days ahead of average.

Here in north-central Iowa: corn silking hit 46%, with 4% in the dough stage; 58% of soybeans were blooming, with 6% setting pods. 91% of oats were coloring, with 6% harvested for grain; and the area’s second cutting of alfalfa hay was at 82% complete.

There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork last week in north-central Iowa. Topsoil moisture in the region is 66% adequate, 25% short and 9% very short with no surplus. Subsoil moisture is at 1% surplus, 52% adequate, 34% short and 13% very short.

Click here to see this week’s full crop report