July 9, 2021 Volume 7 Edition 2
All locations are changing hours
AFS locations are shortening hours. New hours start this week.

AFS locations will be closed on Saturday, July 10, 2021, and will be open Monday- Friday from 8 am - 5 pm starting Monday, July 12, 2021.
Crop Update as of July 6, 2021
Soil Moisture

Topsoil moisture levels in Iowa rated 14% very short, 36% short, 48% adequate, and 2% surplus. Subsoil moisture levels rated 18% very short, 45% short, 34% adequate, and 3% surplus. Moisture levels throughout the state vary widely with northwestern Iowa soils having an 84% short to very short levels.

Minnesota soils continue to see a shortage in moisture with topsoil moisture rated at 28% very short, 50% short, 21% adequate, and 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 24% very short, 49% short, 26% adequate, and 1% surplus.

Crop Conditions
Spotty rains in Iowa benefitted crops but additional more widespread moisture is needed, especially in the northern two-thirds of the state. Across Iowa, scattered reports of corn silking were reported. The corn crop in Iowa is rated at 62% good to excellent. The soybean crop is ahead of the five-year average with 39% of soybeans blooming and 5% setting pods. Soybean conditions for Iowa are rated at 59% good to excellent.

Corn conditions in Minnesota declined to 41% good to excellent compared to the previous week's rating of 43%. Reports of 5% of the crops silking were reported. Placing the crop two days ahead of last year and three days ahead of the five-year average. The soybean crop is one week ahead of the average with 38% of the crop blooming. Soybean conditions were rated at 44% good to excellent for Minnesota.

*Information and graphs obtained from June 28, 2021, USDA, NASS report
AFS Grower Portal
Plant Nutrition Operations

AFS is hiring for the Plant Nutrition Operations position in the Rake office. Job requirements include performance of all aspects of warehouse including shipping, receiving and facility equipment maintenance. This position will require more trucking and delivery time than warehouse time. 

More information, including a full job description and application, is available online. Contact Cody Wirtjes, Plant Nutrition Manager with any questions at 641-566-3658.