The United States has almost half of the corn crop planted for the season at 45% complete, according to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Crop Progress Report on May 2.
The USDA reported 57% of corn planted in Iowa as of May 1, with the 5-year average being 28%. The weekly report had 7% of corn emerging in Iowa, which is 4% ahead of the 5-year average.
The Crop Progress Report showed 7% of soybeans had been planted in Iowa as of May 1, 1% behind this time last year, but still leading the 5-year average by 4%.
Wet conditions in some parts of the state had farmers out of the fields over the past week. Here are some recommendations from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists based on planting progress and wet, cool conditions.
Imbibitional Chilling and Frost Damage to Corn and Soybean Seedlings
Corn Emergence and Cool Temperatures
When Will This Early Planted Corn Emerge?
Influence of Soil Temperature on Corn Germination and Growth
Stand Assessment and Replant Decisions
Soybean Planting Depth Considerations for Iowa