Iowa Farmers Face Planting Decisions and Deadlines

The wet spring has some farmers weighing their options for delayed and prevented planting, and whether an alternative crop is best

May 24, 2019, 2:40 pm | Rebecca Vittetoe, Virgil Schmitt, Ryan Drolette

AMES, Iowa – Crop producers who are wondering what they should do about late and prevented planting were given a variety of resources and calculators during a special webinar May 24, presented by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach field agronomists and farm management specialists.
With 70% of the state’s corn planted, and 27% of soybeans, Iowa is actually well ahead of some other Midwest states, including Indiana, which has only 14% of corn planted, and Ohio, which stands at just 9% of corn planted.
However, Iowans are definitely behind, according to the latest “Crop Progress and Condition Report” issued May 20 by the National Agricultural Statistics Service, which shows the state’s five-year average for corn at 89%, and soybeans at 55%. Producers are also concerned about what they’ve already planted, and whether replanting will be necessary in some fields.
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