Warmer and drier conditions have proved helpful for area farmers.
According the weekly Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National and Agriculture Statistical Service, last week was the warmest and driest period of weather seen this year, which allowed field crops to develop, although some areas reported crops were beginning to need moisture. Statewide there was an average of 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork, the most of any week this year.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said, “The warm dry weather last week was very welcome and crops responded and look much better.”
“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 to get back in the fields to finish any needed fieldwork,” Northey added.
The weekly report is available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website.