Posted on July 29, 2014 at 7:31 PM by Iowa Corn
Crop conditions remain very good across Iowa with 78 percent of the corn crop and 74 percent of soybeans remaining in good to excellent condition with maturity at or ahead of the five-year average, according to the weekly report from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.
Eighty-five percent of the corn acreage was at or beyond the silking stage, just over two weeks ahead of the previous year and almost one week ahead of the five-year average. Corn in the dough stage reached 14 percent, 7 points ahead of normal. Seventy-eight percent of the corn crop was reported in good to excellent condition. Carl Jardon of Randolph says they could use some rain. Some of his corn is beginning to fire at the bottom in some weaker soils. The planes and helicopters have been busy applying fungicides to corn acres in the area. They've started spraying soybeans too. Jardon had a plane apply both a fungicide and insecticide to his soybeans. Other than needing rain, the crops are looking good. Roger Zylstra of Lynnville, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association, says his crops continue to look good. He received one inch of rain last Friday. The corn and soybeans are really growing. Some farmers in his area are applying aerial applications. Nick Leibold of New Hampton says most of the corn has tasseled. The soybeans are still a little small or look a little stunted. Perhaps some warmer weather would help the soybeans more. He had one-quarter inch of rain last Friday. Other than than that, it has been dry. Farmers in the area are spraying fungicides on corn.