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Iowa Topsoil Moisture Declines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- After a very wet start to this planting season, Iowa crop conditions are quickly reversing from too wet to too dry.
The USDA says topsoil with adequate or surplus moisture declined 22 percentage points last week from the week before with 43 percent of the state's topsoil now adequate or in surplus.
Temperatures statewide averaged 4.8 degrees above normal and average precipitation was barely measurable while normal for the week is just over an inch.
Corn and soybeans remain behind schedule with just 35 percent of the corn crop tasseled, behind the five-year average of 70 percent. Overall, corn is about 10 days behind normal in development.
Thirty-six percent of the soybean crop is blooming, behind the normal 70 percent.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report.
The warm dry weather has allowed crops to continue to develop, but many areas of the state are now starting to need some rain, Northey said. Some areas of the state did receive some precipitation yesterday and there are additional chances later this week. Hopefully crops will continue to receive timely rains throughout the growing season.