The U.S.D.A. crop report out Monday rates about 80 percent of both corn and soybean fields in good-to-excellent condition. The biggest concern is soybean planting is only 95 percent complete — which is nearly three-weeks behind last year’s pace.
Storms Monday hit some central-Iowa cornfields. Iowa State University agronomist, Angie Rieck-Hinz, looks for damage in the Reinback area. “I’ve checked out a couple of fields where we have some reports of hail. Did not see any hail damage in those particular fields. So I’m guessing it was relatively small hail, or a not very intense period of hail,” Rieck-Hinz says.
Heavy winds may’ve done more damage in some areas. “We know that there’s some wind damage — some flattened corn — at least south of Clarion. What I’m seeing and hearing from people is that it’s extremely spotty on rainfall amounts and wind and possible hail,” she says.
The wind did do some damage to farm buildings and homes. And officials in Allamakee and Winneshiek Counties say many roads were damaged by torrential rains.