Thunderstorms and rain did interrupt the planting at times according to the U.S.D.A. report — but farmers were still able to advance the corn planting to 40% complete. That compares to 17% last week and the state as a whole is now just three days behind the 5-year average.
Soybean planting got underway too, with the report showing 11% of the projected crop in the ground. That’s right at the 5-year average for this time of year.
North-Central Iowa is lagging behind right now with wet conditions there slowing things up so only 9% of the corn crop and no beans have been reported planted.