Cool temperatures and rain hampered field work during the week ending April 3, 2016, according to the weekly USDA crop report.
Statewide there were 2.3 days suitable for fieldwork. However the northern one-third of Iowa, as well as the southeast corner, had less than two days suitable for fieldwork, with only 1.3 days in northwest Iowa. Producers continued to apply dry fertilizer, manure, and anhydrous when able.
Seven percent of oats have been planted in northwest Iowa… statewide, 13-percent were planted as of Sunday.
Topsoil moisture in northwest Iowa is one-percent short… 71-percent adequate… and 28-percent surplus.