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USDA Crop Report

Posted: Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 at 6:23 am

Again last week, weather conditions gave farmers in southeast Iowa little opportunity to continue with field work. The USDA reports southeast Iowa had just over a half day suitable for fieldwork last week, compared to a day and a half suitable for the state. The report indicates corn rated 2% very poor, 5% poor, 18% fair, 52% good, and 23% excellent. 94% of soybeans have emerged statewide, which is equal to last year and one percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybean conditions rated 2% very poor, 6% poor, 23% fair, 51% good, and 18% excellent. Besides the severe weather, the warm humid days provided ideal growing conditions, especially since soils contain ample moisture.