Cool weather has had an impact on Iowa’s two major crops, but they are still in good shape overall. The U.S.D.A. crop report released by the state ag department says cool weather has caused the corn crop to lag behind in a couple of the key stages of development.
The report says 45% of the corn crop has started to tassel, which is well behind the five-year average of 64%. And 26% of the corn has started to silk — which is behind the five-year average of 46% normally seen at this time of year. But even with the slower development, the report says 80% of the corn crop is rated good or excellent, with only 3% of the crop rated poor and one percent very poor.
Soybeans are blooming at a 60% rate — 11 percentage points behind the five-year average. Overall though, the soybean crop is rated 78% good or excellent. Only one percent of the soybean crop was rated in very poor shape and four percent was rated poor.
See the entire crop report here.