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Corn and Soybean Planting Gain Speed

May 03, 2021 7:45pm

Planting of corn and soybean crops accelerated last week in Iowa, according to the latest USDA Crop Progress Report.

There were over six days suitable for fieldwork in northwest Iowa and statewide.

Farmers were able to plant almost half of the state’s expected corn crop last week for a total of 69-percent planted, which is nine days ahead of the five-year average. 74-percent of corn in northwest Iowa has been planted. With last week's warmer temperatures, there were scattered reports of corn emerged.

Over one-third of Iowa's expected soybean crop was planted last week for a total of 43-percent planted, which is 12 days ahead of normal. 43-percent of soybeans in northwest Iowa have been planted.

95-percent of oats have been planted statewide, and 93-percent in northwest Iowa.