Des Moines, Iowa – Iowa’s corn and soybean crops, on average, are ahead of their normal stages of growth.
The USDA’s latest crop conditions report issued on Monday states above normal rainfall last week left Iowa farmers with just over four days that were suitable for field work.
Record flooding occurred in portions of northeast Iowa as more than eight inches of rain fell in a 24 hour period in a few locations.
The report places 83 percent of the state’s corn and 82 percent of soybeans in good to excellent condition. Ninety-four percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, which is eight days ahead of the five year average.
Soybeans setting pods reached 96 percent, or about four days ahead of the five year average. The report notes heavy rain and winds last week damaged some Iowa crops, while sudden death and white mold are causing problems in some soybean fields.