Despite Wet Conditions, Planting Ahead Of Pace
(Des Moines) -- The latest weekly crop condition report from the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship shows 96 percent of the state's corn crop has been planted, which is two days ahead of last year, and six days ahead of the five-year average. 75 percent of that planted corn has emerged, which is on pace from last year, but four days ahead of normal. As for soybean planting, the report shows 74 percent of the soybean crop has been planted with nearly 21 percent having already emerged. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says "many farmers were able to make good progress last week, but now may be again a bit delayed with additional wet weather across the entire state." Northey says farmers will be anxious to finish their planting. As for the condition of the crop, four percent of the corn is listed as poor to very poor. 23 percent of the corn crop is in fair condition, 62 percent is good, and 11 percent of the corn crop is listed as being in excellent condition.