The U.S.D.A. weekly crop update says that’s the largest percentage of Iowa’s corn acreage planted in a single week in more than 20-years.
The planting progress does vary based on the region of the state. Iowa State University agronomist, Mark Johnson, covers central Iowa, which looks to have the most corn in the ground.
“I would say that Story, Marshall, Polk and Jasper are virtually done. In fact, there’s a fair amount of corn up in those early four counties, and there’s even getting to be some beans poking through,” Johnson says.
Agronomist Virgil Schmidt is based in Muscatine and says he’s seen lots of farmers in eastern Iowa taking advantage of the good weather. “I saw a lot of people running very late at night. One of the things that I think is an advantage is that we’re seeing more and more people that have auto-steer on their tractors,” Schmidt says. “That means a lot more relaxed atmosphere up in the cab, and with that, I think some people have been running considerably longer than normal.”
The report showed 68-percent of the corn crop is planted, which is 8 days ahead of last year. And 11-percent of the soybeans are planted, putting farmers 5 days ahead of last year. Planting for both crops is ahead of the 5-year average.