Tama County Ag Outlook: July 1

Cordt Holub is a seeds salesman and corn, soybean and cow-calf farmer. He farms with his father Craig and brother Cade near Buckingham, Iowa in northeast Tama County.

Tama County saw a large swing in weather patterns through the month of June. From starting out as one of the driest months on record, to much needed rains near the finish.

Although the rain was much appreciated, we still sit well behind on average rainfall. Parts of the county are roughly nine inches behind on average precipitation from October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021 based on almost 70 years of data from the Iowa Environmental Mesonet.

The majority of the state is still in some form of drought with the exception of southeast Iowa. Rain will still be necessary to finish the crop as corn tassel is soon arriving and pod set on soybeans will also soon appear.

Second crop alfalfa is set to be harvested in the coming days as well.

The June Planted Acres and Quarterly Stocks report released June 30 brought bullish news back to a softening market as corn and soybeans came in below trade guesses on both planting and ending stocks with corn at 92.69 million acres planted and 87.55 million soybean acres planted.

U.S. corn and soybeans are also both rated roughly 10 percent lower in the good/excellent category compared to last year.