Another big week of planting in Iowa

Photo courtesy FCSAmerica

Corn planting in Iowa advanced another 39 percent last week bringing the statewide average to 78 percent complete.

It’s the first time since 2010 that at least three-quarters of Iowa’s corn crop has been in the ground by May 3rd.

Soybean planting also saw a big jump to 46 percent complete. That’s the highest proportion of the soybean crop planted by May 3rd since records began in 1974.

  • In important unreported news significant amounts of the Midwest east of the Mississippi River have had huge rainfall with a minimum two week delay. From illinois to Michigan East millions of acres are unplanted. Although there’s still time to finish if it stops raining without major yield reductions the ideal planting date for corn and beans will pass before planting resumes. Yet to be seen is the damage to the planted crop from the cold and flooding. Reduced uneven stands are a given for millions of acres. With the current cold wet weather and more predicted to follow it will be awhile before the crop
    that is planted emerges or anymore is planted.

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