State-Level Moisture Received Boost Last Week ; Planting Pace Slowed

Much needed rain in the western portion of Iowa last week helped improve state-level moisture supplies, according to the most recent crop progress report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The report says corn, soybean, and oat planting continued, although at a reduced pace due to the cold, wet weather. Slightly over three days were suitable for fieldwork in northwest Iowa last week, with 2.5 days suitable statewide.

11-percent of corn in northwest Iowa has now been planted. Ten-percent of corn has been planted statewide, which is nine days ahead of last year, and equal to the five-year average.

Four-percent of northwest Iowa soybeans have been planted. Five-percent of the expected soybean crop has been planted statewide, which is ten days ahead of last year, and three days ahead of the average.

30-percent of northwest Iowa’s topsoil is either short or very short of moisture, with 66-percent adequate, and two-percent surplus.

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