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Southeast Iowa Corn and Soybeans Behind Average, Pasture Conditions Poorest Since 2014

Posted: Wednesday, August 16th, 2017 at 6:24 am
Author: Sally Y. Hart - KCII News

Over half of Iowa’s soybeans and corn are rated good to excellent at this time.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, corn is nine percent excellent, 52% good, 27% fair, and 12% poor to very poor, while soybeans are seven percent excellent, 49% good, 29% fair, and 15% poor to very poor. In southeast Iowa, 51% of corn has reached the dough stage, behind all of the other regions in the state. The five-year average is 60%. Soybeans are also behind with 62% setting pods in southeast Iowa while the five-year average is 79%.

Across Iowa, the third cutting of alfalfa hay is 65% complete, 11 days ahead of average. Also, pasture condition is 45% poor to very poor, the highest rate in those categories since April 2014.