Farmers in parts of Iowa make planting progress

DES MOINES — The USDA reports farmers made planting progress in some areas last week despite continued weather issues.

The report says 70 percent of the expected corn crop is now in the ground — which is still five days behind last year and nine days behind the five-year average. It is the smallest percent of corn planted by May 19 since 1995 when just 53 percent of the expected crop was done. Farmers in the northern districts and east-central Iowa managed to dodge the rain to plant one quarter of their expected corn this past week. That includes 43 percent of the crop planted in northeast Iowa. Twenty percent of the corn has emerged — which is one week behind last year and five-year average.

Twenty-seven percent of the expected soybean crop is in the ground. That’s eight days behind last year and nine days behind average. Three percent of the beans planted have emerged — which is six days behind the average.