The latest crop report from the USDA Nation Agricultural Statistical Service shows Iowa farmers are struggling to get their seeds in the ground.
Just 15-percent of the corn crop has been planted, compared with 86-percent at the same time last year. The five-year average is 79-percent of the corn crop in the ground by the same time.
“Hopefully it will remain dry this week and farmers will be able to make significant progress. I encourage everyone to stay save on the farm and on rural roadways during this extremely busy time in agriculture,” says Iowa Ag Secretary Bill Northey.
This is the slowest start to corn planting in 20 years.