Little precipitation and above average temperatures resulted in 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 17, 2022, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Fieldwork included cutting hay and starting fungicide applications.
Topsoil moisture condition rated 6% very short, 24% short, 66% adequate and 4% surplus. Subsoil moisture condition rated 8% very short, 23% short, 65% adequate and 4% surplus.
Corn silking or beyond was 31%, 4 days behind both last year and the 5-year average. Scattered reports throughout the State showed 1% of the corn crop reached the dough stage. Corn condition rating was 81% good to excellent. Fifty-five percent of soybeans were blooming, 6 days behind last year and 2 days behind average. Thirteen percent of the soybean crop was setting pods, 1 week behind last year and 3 days behind
the 5-year average. Iowa’s soybean condition rating was 78% good to excellent. Nearly all the oat crop has
headed with 67% of oats turning color or beyond, 1 week behind last year. Oat harvest for grain reached 16%, 3 days behind last year. Iowa’s oat condition was 81% good to excellent.
Fifty-five percent of the State’s second cutting of alfalfa hay was complete. All hay condition rated 72% good to excellent. Pasture condition rated 57% good to excellent. Livestock were stressed due to above average heat and humidity with pinkeye in cattle still an issue.
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 July 11, 2022, through 7:00 A.M. Central Time
on July 17, 2022.
Temperatures over the reporting period were slightly warmer than average in western Iowa with near-normal conditions in eastern Iowa. The statewide average temperature registered at 74.8 degrees, a tenth of a degree below normal. Widespread rainfall was also reported across Iowa with wetter than average conditions along the Iowa-Wisconsin border, where over two inches of above-average totals were observed. The remainder of the state was drier than normal with negative totals approaching one inch.
Weekly precipitation totals ranged from 0.01 inch at several northern and southwestern stations to 3.84 inches at Dubuque Lock and Dam. The statewide weekly average precipitation was 0.63 inch while the normal is 0.98 inch. Osceola (Clarke County) reported the week’s high temperature of 97 degrees on the 15th, 10 degrees above normal. Anamosa (Jones County) reported the week’s low temperature of 51 degrees on the 12th, 10 degrees below normal.
Local Weather – KIOW
This week farmers and residents should prepare for much warmer conditions according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Andrew Asorge.
If there are concerns about potential thunderstorms, Asorge doesn’t see any in the short term in northern Iowa.
Humidity is building into the area and with the combination of very warm temperatures, it could make for dangerous situations.
The area has seen above average highs for the month. The area has experienced 1.3 degrees warmer than normal with the average high at 82.8 degrees and the normal at 81.5 degrees. Lows are following this trend with the average low at 63.3 degrees and the normal at 61.5 degrees. This leaves the area 1.8 degrees warmer than normal.
Precipitation is still below normal. The area has received 1.55 inches of rain while the normal for the month is 2.67 inches. This leaves the area 1.12 inches below normal for the month.