On average farmers in Iowa got only two days in the field this past week. The statewide average rain of 2.3 inches for the week ending May 26 was more than double the normal average for that week. Flash flood warnings were issued in many locations in Iowa over the Memorial Day weekend.
This latest weekly Iowa Crops & Weather survey report was released Tuesday, May 28. That's a day later than the usual release date--due to the Memorial Day holiday on May 27. The report shows 54% of Iowa's corn crop was emerged from the ground as of May 26, compared to a normal of 81% for that time of year based on the 5-year average.
Soybean planting also lagging as rain continues to bog down fieldwork in Iowa
Soybean planting is also running behind schedule as farmers have had a cold, wet spring in 2013. Steady rain the past week has soaked the ground in many places and has flooded some fields, notes Hillaker. The survey shows 40% of Iowa's 2013 soybean crop was planted as of May 26, compared to 83% normally completed at this time. The survey also shows 8% of the state's 2013 soybean crop was emerged as of May 26, lagging the usual 39% that is emerged at that time.