Planting Progress

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACurrent planting progress released from the USDA National Ag Statistics tells the current story across the corn belt. Nationally, corn planting stands at 5%, mostly outside the main corn growing areas.  The I-states (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana) all only have a few percent planted per state. Average nationally planted by this point is over the last five years is 31%.

Cold conditions are slowing the planting progress limiting the ability of the soil to warm because of overall cool temperatures. Coupled with this are wet conditions over the last few weeks in the main part of the Corn Belt. Heavy rains have refilled soil moisture profiles, but also saturated soils and led to large run-off. The run-off has turned what were low conditions on the Mississippi now into flood events. Areas of southeastern IA, parts of Illinois and northern Indiana have had over 5” of precipitation in the last two weeks helping drive the flood events.

Markets have reacted, running up because of the late planting and potential yield loss because of the later planted corn.

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    Dennis Todey is the state climatologist for South Dakota and Associate Professor at South Dakota State University. He is a frequent speaker on current climate conditions and outlooks across the northern plains and Midwest. Crop conditions, drought and yield impacts are also frequent topics for discussion. Formerly from Iowa, he has been at SDSU since 2003.

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    1. This spring has been a challenge managing cover crops as well. Very few days when the field was dry enough to support spray equipment, the weather was warm enough to have good herbicide activity and the wind was calm enough to spray. Last year I sprayed on April 4th and this year I sprayed shorter rye on April 29th. I am glad to have my Practical Farmers of Iowa network to help think through the challenges.

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