A roundup of legislative and Capitol news items of interest from Monday:
CROP REPORT: Unseasonably warm and dry conditions have allowed Iowa farmers to ramp up fieldwork and, in some parts of the state, get an early start on harvest, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said Monday.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported corn in or beyond the dent stage reached 87 percent, three days ahead of the five-year average. Almost one-third of the corn crop has reached maturity, two days ahead of normal. Iowa’s corn condition rated 59 percent good to excellent.
Soybeans coloring or beyond reached 67 percent, three days ahead of the five-year average. Soybean condition was rated 62 percent good to excellent with isolated reports of soybeans being harvested.
After a stretch of wetter-than-normal weeks, unseasonably dry conditions returned to Iowa over the reporting period with only a handful of stations observing measurable rainfall. Generally higher temperatures were felt across much of the state.
Weekly precipitation totals ranged from no accumulation at a majority of stations to 0.22 inch near Lester and Rock Rapids in Lyon County. The statewide weekly average precipitation was 0.01 inch, while the normal is 0.83 inch.
The statewide average temperature was 68.5 degrees, 1.2 degrees above normal. Perry on Saturday observed the week’s high temperature of 93 degrees, 15 degrees above normal. Battle Creek and Spencer Municipal Airport reported the week’s low temperature of 44 degrees on Thursday. On average, that is 8 degrees below normal.