Despite the wet spring, the USDA’s recent report indicates Iowa farmers have planted 90-percent of their corn crop and the numbers are similar for soybeans. Jerry Miller with the Iowa State University College of Agriculture says some parts of the state are understandably behind schedule.
Miller says, "Those low-lying areas in southwest Iowa, those areas prone to flooding and some of the pot-hole areas in north central Iowa may take a while before they’re dry enough to plant, but other areas are mostly ready for corn and soybeans to go in." Miller says the acres planted will be up again this year, but believes farmers are being careful in terms of conservation.
Miller says, "In Iowa, generally, out of our 36 million acres, we say about three-fourths or 27 million acres is suitable for cropland and according to the USDA numbers, producers are being responsible in terms of soil and water conservation." Miller says, ideally, farmers would probably like to see less than an inch of rain per week and temperatures in the mid-80’s over the next couple months.