Mostly warm and dry conditions resulted in 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 26, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork activities included cutting hay and spraying crops.
Topsoil moisture condition rated 6 percent very short, 22 percent short, 67 percent adequate and 5% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 5% very short, 22% short, 68% adequate and 5% surplus.
Corn condition rating was 80 percent good to excellent. Ninety-seven percent of soybeans have emerged, 4 days behind last year but 3 days ahead of the 5-year average. Two percent of soybeans were blooming, 12 days behind last year and 1 week behind the average. Iowa’s soybean condition rating remained 80% good to excellent.
Eighty percent of the oat crop has headed, 2 days behind last year. Twelve percent of oats were turning color, 6 days behind last year. Iowa’s oat condition was 81 percent good to excellent.
Ninety-one percent of the State’s first cutting of alfalfa hay has been completed and the second cutting has started with 6% complete. All hay condition rated 72% good to excellent. Pasture condition rated 62% good to excellent.
IOWA PRELIMINARY WEATHER SUMMARY
Provided by Justin Glisan, Ph.D., State Climatologist
Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship
Reports from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and maps from the Midwestern Regional
Climate Center reflect data collected from 7:00 A.M. Central Time on June 20, 2022, through 7:00 A.M. Central Time
on June 26, 2022.
Temperatures across Iowa were cooler than the previous reporting period, though still several degrees above normal. Portions of northern Iowa reported positive departures of up to six degrees; the statewide average temperature was 75.4 degrees, 3.1 degrees above normal. Moderate to heavy rain fell across eastern Iowa where several stations measured at least two inches of above average totals. Western Iowa remained unseasonably dry with departures approaching two inches below normal.
Weekly precipitation totals ranged from no accumulation at several western Iowa stations to 4.25 inches at Iowa City (Johnson County). The statewide weekly average precipitation was 0.91 inch while the normal is 1.05 inches. Multiple stations reported the week’s high temperature of 99 degrees on the 20th, 21st and 22nd, on average 16 degrees above normal. Audubon (Audubon County) reported the week’s low temperature of 50 degrees on the 26th, six degrees below normal.
Local Weather from KIOW and the National Weather Service
Area temperatures remained higher than normal for the area as the average high was 79.5 degrees while the normal high is 77.9 degrees. This leaves the area 1.6 degrees warmer than normal for highs.
Lows followed the same trend with the average high at 58.5 degrees and the normal at 57.8 degrees. This meant the area was.7 of a degree higher than normal.
The area surged ahead of normal in precipitation by .3 of an inch. The normal amount received is 5.16 inches while the area actually got 5.46 inches of precipitation for the month.