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Corn Planting in Iowa Reaches 93% Complete

Corn planting has reached 93-percent complete in Iowa.

Iowa Secretary of Ag Mike Naig says May 2024 will go into the history books as one of the top 10 wettest Mays on record, which helped to break the state’s long-running drought. But unfortunately, he says it will also be remembered for producing destructive severe weather and frustrating planting delays.

Secretary Naig says as we head into the three warmest months of the year and the heart of the growing season, some farmers are still finishing up planting in parts of Iowa. 

According to this week’s Iowa Crop Progress and Condition Report released by the USDA, scattered showers this past week allowed Iowa farmers nearly four days suitable for fieldwork. Reports of standing water in fields were received from throughout the state. Planting and replanting of corn and soybeans were reported too.

Ninety-three percent of the expected corn crop has been planted – that’s almost two weeks behind last year and five days behind the average. Corn emerged reached 81 percent – six days behind last year. Corn condition is rated 73 percent good to excellent. 

Eighty-four percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted – that’s twelve days behind last year but equal to the average. Sixty percent of the soybean crop has emerged – one week behind last year and two days behind the 5-year average. The first soybean condition rating of the season was mostly good at 59 percent.

Ninety-seven percent of the oat crop has emerged with 40 percent headed – that’s six days ahead of last year and almost two weeks ahead of the average. Oat condition rated 82 percent good to excellent.

And forty percent of the State’s first cutting of alfalfa hay has been completed – six days behind last year. Hay condition rated 79 percent good to excellent. 

Pasture condition improved to 75 percent good to excellent, with wet conditions affecting livestock are now a concern.

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