After Weeks Of Anticipation, Corn Is Being Planted In Iowa
Despite having a week of rain and cold weather, farmers were finally able to get out on the fields and start getting corn planted.
April ended with above average rain in some parts of the state, which limited farmers from going out in the fields, says the Iowa Crop Progress & Condition Report.
With only 2.8 suitable days for fieldwork, farmers across Iowa were able to plant nine percent of the year's corn. This is down 11 days from last year’s season and 53-percent behind last year’s progress. In Northeast Iowa, only two percent of corn has been planted.
Northeast Iowa saw less workable days with 1.7.
Looking at soybeans, only four percent of the expected crop has been planted in the state which is nine days behind last year's progress.
While 63-percent of the expected oat crop has been planted, Iowa is still two weeks behind last year. 18-percent of this crop has emerged- 10 days behind last year.
Throughout the majority of the state, four-inch soil temperatures were in the upper 40s to low 50s as of Sunday.
Topsoil moisture conditions rated 3 percent very short, 13 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. In the Northeast District, topsoil rated 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus.
Subsoil moisture conditions rated 8 percent very short, 22 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. In the Northeast District, subsoil rated 1 percent very short, 4 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus.
This update comes from information gathered across Iowa from 7:00 A.M. Central Time on April 25, 2022, through 7:00 A.M. Central Time on May 1, 2022.