Corn, bean conditions improve slightly

Posted October 3, 2012 at 12:43 pm

OUTSTANDING IN THEIR FIELD COLUMN — COMPILED BY PETE TEMPLE, SPORTS/AG EDITOR

Dry weather last week allowed Iowa’s farmers to pass the halfway point in harvesting corn and soybean acres, according to the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa Field Office.

Corn condition for the week ending Sept. 30 improved slightly, and is now rated at 19 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 18 percent good and 2 percent excellent.

Soybean condition also improved, with 11 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 29 percent good and 3 percent excellent.

Moisture levels remain low; topsoil moisture is 93 percent short or very short (84 percent in the East Central district), and subsoil moisture is 96 percent short or very short (94 percent East Central).

• In other NASS news, the preliminary September 2012 price received in Iowa for corn was $7.50 per bushel, which is an 87-cent increase from September 2011. Soybean prices increased $4.20 to $16.80 compared to September 2011.

Those prices are slightly higher than the nationwide averages, which were $7.35 for corn and $16.30 for soybeans in the preliminary report.

• A unique cross country race to benefit 4-H camp scholarships has been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Iowa 4-H Camping Center near Madrid, Iowa.

The Get Vertical 4-H Adventure Race offers a 12-kilometer and 4K race, with the longer one beginning at 8:30 a.m. There is also a one-mile family fun run/walk.

The 12K features four big hills, steep grades, three sets of staircases, a swinging bridge and running upstream, twice.

The event is sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Association.

“The race is a unique event to engage with 4-H members and other participants about the versatility of soy and health benefits of soyfoods, while raising money for the camp scholarship fund,” said Mark Jackson, president of the ISA.

Post-race festivities include music, door prizes, a recognition ceremony and a pancake buffet, free to race participants.

More information is available at www.iowa4hfoundation.org/adventurerace.

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