The latest weekly Crops & Weather report from USDA shows Iowa's cornfields have been hit hard by the wet spring and delayed planting. As of June 16, the statewide survey shows 12% of Iowa's corn crop is now rated in poor condition, worst among the 18 leading corn growing states.
The report, compiled as of June 16 and released June 17, says 4% of Iowa's corn is very poor while 34% is fair and 50% is rated good or excellent. Eleven percent of corn plants haven't emerged from the ground yet and 6% of the crop hasn't been planted. Normally, the crop is all in by now and 99% emerged. USDA already projects the average yield of corn expected to be harvested per acre in the U.S. will be reduced to 156.5 bushels per acre this year, down from 158 bushels estimated a month ago.
Storms continued throughout the Corn Belt this past week, notes Greg Thessen, director of the Iowa office of USDA/NASS in Des Moines. For most people it's water that is causing problems right now--water ponding in fields, flooding out corn and beans in some places, causing many farmers to have to replant some areas. "One year ago it was the lack of rain that was the problem. What a difference a year makes," he adds.
With only 94% of the corn planted, Iowa has about 880,000 acres still not in the ground
"With only 94% of the corn planted, Iowa has approximately 800,000 acres that farmers had intended to plant to corn in 2013 that is still not in the ground. At this late date it is likely that some of that 6% will not be planted, and that which is planted will see lower yields," says Bill Northey, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture. "It's good to see an improvement in soybean planting progress compared to a week ago, increasing by 17% to where it is now 77% planted in Iowa. Hopefully a significant portion of the beans yet to be planted will get in the ground this week as it is getting late in the season to plant soybeans."