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Jul 26

Corn, Beans Still Ahead of Schedule, Naig Says

(KHBT) — Iowa farmers had 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 22, 2018, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Some farmers had to spend time surveying damage from the tornadoes, high winds and hail that struck parts of the State on Thursday. Regular activities included harvesting hay and applying chemicals.

Eighty-eight percent of the corn crop has silked, 1 week ahead of last year and 11 days ahead of the 5-year average.

Seven percent of the corn crop has reached the dough stage, 3 days ahead of last year and 2 days ahead of average.

Corn condition rated 79 percent good to excellent. Eighty-one percent of the soybean crop was blooming, with 40 percent of the soybean crop setting pods, 5 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of the average.

Soybean condition rated 76 percent good to excellent.