Farmers are catching up with planting

Des Moines, Iowa – Farmers were able to take advantage of some good weather again last week.

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 percent complete.  That compares to 17 percent last week and the state as a whole is now just three days behind the five-year average.

Soybean planting got underway too, with the report showing 11 percent of the projected crop in the ground. That’s right at the five-year average for this time of year. North-Central Iowa is lagging behind right now with wet conditions there slowing things up so only nine percent of the corn crop and no beans have been reported planted.

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