Rain prevented fieldwork early in the week, but by the weekend many Iowa producers were able to get into their fields, according to the April 10 USDA Crop Progress report.
Field work activities included anhydrous, fertilizer and manure applications, and some CRP burning as part of mid-contract management. Where conditions allowed, field cultivation also took place. Farmers also prepared equipment for planting as they waited for the soil to warm up and dry out.
Seventeen percent of the state’s expected oat crop has been planted, just over one week behind the five-year average.
Northwest: Ross Mogler
A lot started happening this past week. Several people started disking. We started spreading dry fertilizer, and liquid manure was going strong as well as feedlot manure. We had a quarter-inch of rain, so it didn’t seem to slow us down for long. This week’s rain should stop most fieldwork.
West Central: Cale Juergensen
Things really started rolling over the weekend. A lot of guys finished up with anhydrous, and some were doing some pre-planting spraying. We should be spraying this afternoon (Monday). If we can keep missing these rains, I think there will be corn in the ground this week. Everything is shaping up really well.
Southwest: Weston Brandt
It finally dried up enough that we could move some cows and calves into the pastures. We missed last night’s rain, but the side hills will be seeping for at least another week. Everyone is still pretty much on hold around here, although I have heard of some corn planted north of here.
North Central: Andy Hill
I’d like to combine some corn, please. I should explain. Several of us in this area have worked with the Iowa Department of Transportation to leave some corn in the field over the winter as a living snow fence. We would like to get that corn harvested but it has been too wet to do it so far. At our farm we had 1.2 inches of rain early last week and 0.4 inches Sunday night. I suspect we’re locked out of the field for a while yet.
Central: Cole Van Genderen
We actually have some guys in the field after a sunny weekend. We aren’t out there yet, but guys in the area are spraying and putting on anhydrous. Some are seeding oats in the waterways. We are delivering seed and working on getting the planter ready. Although there is dust on the gravel roads now, we have had a couple inches of rain over the past few weeks.
South Central: Alex Brownlee
Everybody is still sitting around waiting for some dry weather. I am hauling seed and we are getting equipment ready to go. We have had about 4 inches of rain over the past few weeks, so things are still wet out in the field. There’s not a whole lot going on in the fields yet.
Northeast: Mark Mueller
Much-needed drying happened last week. Saturday’s extreme calm allowed me to conduct a long-delayed burn of CRP and Pollinator Habitat acres in a field bordered on two sides by a heavily wooded county park. Evening ditch fires in the neighborhood brought out throngs of Saturday-night sightseers. By Sunday, the soil was dry enough to allow me to seed alfalfa while some neighbors were spreading seed oats and others started NH3. I will begin NH3 tomorrow (Tuesday).
East Central: Dave Guthrie
We had three-fourths of an inch of rain on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (April 3-5). On Friday, people started getting back into the fields. Some anhydrous going on. Some finishing up oats. The soil temperature is warming up. We had some good sunshine and wind to dry things out. I’m getting ready to spray some cover crops and then strip till.
Southeast: Trent Stout
We got a little moisture last night. Just enough to wet the pavement. In the breaks in the rain, some guys moved seed. Everybody’s just waiting on it to dry out so they can spray cornstalks. Guys are fine-tuning planters.