Posted on September 9, 2014 at 10:33 PM by Iowa Corn
It’s been raining across part of the state late today. The forecast is for cooler temperatures (60s) this week too. Recent precipitation increased soil moisture. Topsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 7 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 14 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 2 percent very short, 12 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.
76 percent of the corn acreage is still reported in good to excellent condition. 73 percent of the soybean acreage is in good to excellent condition.
Bob Bowman of DeWitt had nearly an inch of rain on Monday night and more is expected tonight. He welcomes the rain. Bob says they have top soil moisture, but very little sub-soil moisture so it would be nice to build up more moisture reserves. Some early soybeans are starting to turn color. Some of the early corn is starting dry, but he says it is still a week out (or more) from finishing. In the meantime, they are busy cleaning bins and getting the combine and machinery ready for harvest.
|An ear of corn from one of Carl Jardon's fields last week.
Nick Leibold of New Hampton had a little rain Monday night and there is chance of rain tonight. He’s concerned about the cooler temperatures. He would rather have more heat to help dry the crops these next couple of weeks. He still hasn’t seen anyone starting to cut silage yet. Some neighbors have cut and put up some hay. Next week, he will have an aerial seeding of cover crops.
Roger Zylstra of Lynnville was receiving some rain today. Crops are still in good condition.
Carl Jardon is on an international mission trip this week.