As the weather continues to keep Iowa farmers out of the field, some are beginning to worry about a shorter growing season hurting their bottom line.
The latest USDA crop report shows farmers only had a day and a half of suitable weather for planting in the last week.
“Planting continues to lag behind as the continuing rains have prevented fields from drying and limited farmers’ ability to get in the fields,” Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said. “Several days of warm dry weather are needed to allow fields to dry and to help those that have been planted grow.”
The report shows about 92-percent of Iowa’s corn crop is now in the fields, which is up 4-percent from last week, but still behind the five-year average.
Farmers have planted about 60-percent of the soybean crop, up 16-percent from last week, but again below average.
The report also shows that 38 percent of the state has too much moisture in the subsoil. That is the highest surplus subsoil rating since August 2010.