Continued Planting Delays Now Likely to Affect Harvest
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) _ Wet fields from too much rain continues to delay corn
and soybean planting in Iowa reaching the point where farmers are likely to see
at least some reduction in this fall’s harvest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Iowa farmers planted only an additional
3 percent of the crop last week. Corn is 88 percent planted, behind the
five-year average of 99 percent. Seventy-three percent of corn plants have
emerged from the ground. Normal is about 91 percent.
Iowa soybean farmers have just 44 percent planted, trailing the five-year
average of 91 percent.
Nationally, just 57 percent of soybeans are in the ground, significantly behind
the five-year average of 74 percent.