"I know farmers here in central Iowa who went ahead and planted on April 29 and 30 and now have one-third to once half of their corn planted," says Johnson. "The key is the soil condition. On some of this well-drained ground these guys are rolling and there will be even more corn going into the ground. But it's in certain locations in Iowa -- such as central and west central and parts of southwest Iowa -- where the planting is taking place the past couple of days. We're going to see a lot higher number next week in the USDA week crop report than the 2% planted that we saw last week. But when you move north, especially northeast in Iowa, there aren't many wheels turning yet."
Some farmers are going ahead and planting corn now to try to catch early September markets this fall
Soil temperatures were around 60-degrees pretty much all across Iowa on April 30. "Unless you pack the soil and have compaction or crusting problems, that corn is going to eventually come up," says Johnson. "A lot of the farmers who are going ahead and planting are larger acreage farmers. Also, the farmers who are going ahead and planting now are the ones who like to be able to harvest and hit that early September market for delivering corn -- that's why they are going ahead and planting now."
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