Little to no precipitation for most of Iowa last week allowed farmers six suitable days for fieldwork, according to the latest Crop Progress and Condition Report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The weekly report shows that fieldwork activities included applying fertilizer, spraying, harvesting hay, and hauling grain. Corn condition is rated 85% good to excellent, with reports of silking across much of the state with an average of five percent, almost one week ahead of the previous year but two days behind the five-year average. Soybean condition is rated 84% good to excellent, as blooming reached 37%, almost two weeks ahead of last year and six days ahead of average. There were also scattered reports of soybeans beginning to set pods.