Written by Theresa Rose on September 15, 2015

DES MOINES – Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today commented on the Iowa Crops and Weather report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service. The report is released weekly from April through October.

“Crops continue to mature and generally are in good shape with 80 percent of corn and 75 percent of soybeans in good to excellent condition. We saw seed corn being picked and silage being chopped in several parts of the state, and some early corn and soybean harvest in some places,” Northey said.

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at or on USDA’s site at The report summary follows here:


Widely varying amounts of precipitation were received at the beginning of the week, but drier conditions prevailed later in the week, allowing Iowa farmers 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 13, 2015, according the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Activities for the week included seed corn harvest, chopping silage, cutting hay, and isolated reports of corn for grain and soybean harvest. There were continued reports of disease pressure on corn.

Topsoil moisture levels fell slightly to 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 0 percent very short, 6 percent short, 81 percent adequate and 13 percent surplus.

Eighty-eight percent of the corn crop was in the dent stage or beyond, with 26 percent mature, 4 days ahead of last year, but one week behind the 5-year average. Corn condition rated 80 percent good to excellent. Sixty-two percent of soybeans were starting to turn color or beyond, while 18 percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, 3 days ahead of 2014, but 2 days behind normal. Soybean condition rated 75 percent good to excellent.

The third cutting of alfalfa hay was 83 percent complete, 10 days ahead of last year, but a week behind the average. Pasture condition rated 66 percent good to excellent. Livestock were reported as having very little stress.