Planting season in Iowa grows closer to completion

By: Matt Scher, [email protected]

(Radio Iowa) – Farmers saw enough dry weather last week that planting season is closing in on the end.

Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports that the USDA crop report shows 95 percent of the corn crop is now in the ground. That’s nine days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the five-year average. 65 percent of that corn is poking through, about six days ahead of average.

Soybean planting moved from 69 to 84 percent complete in the last week, which puts farmers around one week ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of normal. 43 percent of the beans have emerged, which is six days ahead of average.