Charles City, Iowa – Despite one of the most difficult springs on record for Northeast Iowa farmers, crops have turned the corner.
North Iowa News followed up with Floyd County farmer Chuck Staudt who told us over a month ago it was the worst he’s seen.
Now he says he planted every field but one after finishing on June 6, which was “way too late.”
Weather has dramatically improved, according to Staudt, who says the heat and timely rains have moved both corn and soybeans in the right direction.
The latest USDA crop progress report says northeast Iowa corn only one percent of the corn silked, one week behind the five-year average. Ninety-seven percent of the soybeans have emerged.
Staudt says while the weather has improved, its crucial for the success of the crop moving forward.
He added the corn crop looks “good.”
The next crop condition progress report will be released today.