After receiving much needed rain last week, soil moisture levels in southeast Iowa have improved. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, southeast Iowa’s topsoil and subsoil moisture levels are rated better than the state’s overall standings. In southeast Iowa, topsoil moisture is rated at 11% surplus, 70% adequate, 11% short, and 8% very short. The previous reporting week, southeast Iowa’s topsoil moisture was only 30% adequate.
In regards to subsoil moisture, it is now rated at 3% surplus, 67% adequate, 16% short, and 14% very short. In the previous week, subsoil moisture was 67% short to very short.
Statewide 45% of corn is mature and 41% of soybeans are dropping leaves, about one week ahead of the five-year average.