Farmers hope rain holds off long enough to plant
May 14th, 2013 by Ric Hanson
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa farmers hope to catch up on field work and get more corn and soybeans planted this week after several weeks of rain delay. Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says in a report released Monday that only 15 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, which is well behind the five-year Iowa average of 79 percent. This is the first spring in 20 years that less than 20 percent of the corn acres were planted by May 12.
Just one-percent of soybeans acres are planted well behind the five-year average of 30 percent. The good news is soil moisture has been replenished with 95 percent of topsoil rated adequate or with a surplus. About 76 percent of Iowa’s subsoil has adequate moisture or a surplus.