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Widespread Wet Conditions Delay Planting Progress

Rain across the state is continuing to keep farmers out of the fields.

Farmers had just two days suitable for fieldwork last week, according to the latest Iowa Crop and Weather Report. 

Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig says planters continue to be parked across much of the state. Widespread wet conditions last week have delayed planting progress and he says it’s certainly weighing on the minds of farmers.

Fifty-seven percent of Iowa’s expected corn crop has been planted – that’s one week behind last year and five days behind the 5-year average. Twenty-six percent of the corn crop has emerged. Meanwhile, Iowa’s farmers have planted 39 percent of Iowa’s expected soybean crop – one week behind last year and four days behind normal. 

Thirteen percent of the soybean crop has emerged. Ninety-eight percent of the expected oat crop has been planted while emergence reached 81 percent, with reports of oats headed in isolated areas of the state.

Hay condition is rated 77 percent good to excellent, with a few reports of producers beginning their first cutting of hay.

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