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Crops Looking Good Despite Concerns

By Aaryn Frazier, June 11, 2018

While the position for Secretary of Agriculture may still be a toss-up, current secretary, Mike Naig, had some comments Iowa’s crops so far.

“For the most part the crop is in the ground and in good condition, with 81 percent of corn and 78 percent of soybeans rated good to excellent,” Naig said. “However, it is important to recognize that some farmers have faced significant weather challenges as well, with dry conditions a concern in southern Iowa and severe flooding in northern Iowa.”

According to the crop report from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS) website, there are a few concerns about subsoil, topsoil and drought focused in the south central and southeast regions.

“Ninety-seven percent of the corn crop has emerged with 81 percent rated in good to excellent condition. Soybean growers have 98 percent of the expected crop planted, 2 weeks ahead of the 5-year average. Eighty-nine percent of soybeans have emerged, 5 days ahead of last year. Seventy-eight percent of the soybean crop was rated in good to excellent condition. Nearly all of the oat crop has emerged, with 38 percent headed. Eighty-one percent of the oat crop was rated in good to excellent condition,” said the report.

Local Mahaska farmer, Mark Jackson, seems to agree with the report.

“June is going pretty normally,” Jacksons said. “Knee-high by Fourth of July. We should be all set if Mother Nature decides to continue being kind to us.”

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship’s website at or on USDA’s site at

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