USDA released the first crop progress report on April 13, documenting corn planting progress, and the results were well below the trade average guess of 3.6 percent.
Just two percent of this year’s corn crop is in the ground, due largely to wet weather in the South. Normally planting progress at this time of year is about five percent complete.
Here in Iowa, planting progress is usually one percent complete, and while some planters will roll across Iowa’s fields this week, cold soggy soil, and even snow, is holding back fieldwork statewide.
Soil moisture in the Hawkeye State is well-off, with 81 percent of topsoil and 78 percent of subsoil in the adequate to surplus category. In North Central Iowa, those figures are a whopping 95 and 87 percent respectively.
In a prepared statement, Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey described this week as “an exciting time on the farm,” with farmers “looking forward to the new growing season.”