Posted on July 1, 2014 at 5:09 PM by Iowa Corn
Recurring precipitation continued to limit fieldwork this past week. Unfortunately, strong storms continued to roll across the state, causing isolated damage and leaving fields very wet and drowning out some crops. Between the wet spots, crops remain in pretty good condition with 79 percent of corn and 75 percent of soybeans in good to excellent condition.
Nick Leibold of New Hampton said they have saturated soils and crops. In a storm on Saturday night, some of Leibold’s corn had hail damage. Some of the corn looks like it will recover and some of it will be wait and see. Neighbors had more hail damage to some corn acres. Leibold said farmers haven’t been in the fields in two weeks. A neighbor of his calculated that they’ve received about 16 inches since June 15. Some farmers are looking into the possibility of aerial applications of urea fertilizer as a way to add nitrogen back into the crops.
Roger Zylstra of Lynnville, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, received four inches of rain on Monday and about six or seven additional inches of rain during the past week. He has some soybeans under water, but they haven’t had any severe crop damage. He isn’t sure how those crops will turn out. He hasn’t had had any serious wind damage to his crops. Some nearby areas have had more serious damage so he feels fortunate that it hasn’t been worse.
Carl Jardon of Randolph received an inch of rain last week and has missed any of the storms or heavy rains. The crops continue to look really good.