AGRIBUSINESS: Rain Threatens Planting Progress

On average there were just over two days suitable for field work last week, with flooding and soil erosion reported in much of the state. Farmers also voiced concerns over standing water after the weekend rainfall.

However 85% of the corn crop is in the ground, and of that 54% has emerged. Last week we only saw 13% emergence, though on average we should be seeing about 81% emerged at this point.

40% of the soybean crop is in the ground, and 8% of that is emerged; the five year average for planting is 83% with 39% of that emerged at this point. Last week only 16% of soybeans were in the ground and just one percent had emerged. The rains last week also bumped Iowa’s topsoil moisture to just one percent short to very short. Subsoil moisture also moved in reaction to precipitation, to eight percent short to very short.

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