Iowa Planting Way Ahead

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Farmers put in a lot of work this last week. Despite there only being 3.5 days good for fieldwork, over a quarter of Iowa's corn acres were planted according to the Iowa Crop Report.

The statewide average is forty percent of corn planting completion, up from 13 percent last week. That's well above the five-year average of nine percent or about 11 days ahead.

The biggest increases were central Iowa farmers, who planted about 38 percent and north-central Iowa farmers who planted a whopping 42 percent of corn in the span of a week.

The extra rain has helped water the topsoil as well, only five percent of the state is short down from 11 percent last week.