(Des Moines) With 99 percent of the corn crop in the ground, Iowa farmers have virtually wrapped up planting, according to the latest USDA crop progress report.
Ninety-six percent of the corn crop has emerged, about 3 weeks behind normal.
The warmer weather helped the condition of corn and the good to excellent rating increased 3 percentage points from last week. Corn condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 44 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Ninety-six percent of the soybean crop has been planted, about two weeks later than it normally takes soybeans to reach that mark. Eighty-nine percent of the soybean crop has emerged; 8 percentage points behind the five-year average. Soybeans also benefitted from the warmer weather, with condition ratings improving slightly, to 3 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 45 percent good and 11 percent excellent.
Eighty-four percent of the oat crop was headed, only 3 percent behind the normal 87 percent headed. Seven percent of the oat crop has turned color, well behind last year’s 63 percent and the five-year average of 28 percent. The oat condition rated 1 percent very poor, 6 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good and 12 percent excellent.
Even though Iowa’s crops are looking better they are still behind in maturity at this point in the season.
July 2, 2013