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A Quarter Of Iowa Topsoil Has Surplus Moisture

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It was sunny and warm at the start of last week but rain across the state slowed down fieldwork because of wet conditions. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says there were only 3.2 days good for fieldwork.

The rain was sporadic, with1-6 inches across the state. Field agronomist Mark Johnson tweeted there was nearly nine inches over four days in Ankeny, Iowa.

Driving through parts of central Iowa there will be signs of ponding, 27 percent of the state has surplus topsoil moisture.

Soybean planting is now well behind last year at 93 percent but equal to the five year average. Southwest and south central Iowa are still struggling to get the last quarter of their crop in the ground. Soybean emergence is at 83 percent.

Corn has reached 98 percent emergence, six days behind last year, but four days ahead of the average. Eighty-four percent of corn is rated good to excellent.