DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Topsoil in more than half of Iowa's fields still needs more rain to reach adequate levels.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's weekly report that topsoil in 54 percent of Iowa's field rated very short or short of adequate moisture. The east-central part of the state
was the driest, with 78 percent of the topsoil moisture rated short to very short. Roger Elmore, Iowa State University Corn Specialist, says now is the critical time when the corn needs additional moisture. He says it is likely farmers will see reduced yields if rainfall amounts continue to produce only a tenth of an inch or less.
Elmore says corn can absorb up to a half an inch of moisture per day during the reproduction stage.
The USDA says 68 percent of the corn crop, which is silking in most parts of the state, is in good or excellent condition.
The soybean crop is rated 63 percent good to excellent.
The USDA report says 98 percent of the state's oat crop has headed, which is nearly three weeks ahead of normal progression.