Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

June 26, 2013

Corn planting slowest since 1993


DES MOINES — Not since 1993 have Iowa farmers completed the corn planting season so late in the year.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says planting is 96 percent complete, with 93 percent of the corn crop already emerging from the ground. But in a normal year farmers would have been finished with the process for a while.

Ninety percent of the state's soybeans are planted. But that still lags behind the average of 98 percent by this point in the calendar.

The wettest spring in Iowa recorded history delayed planting this year.

The good news is that the crops are looking good. Fully 86 percent of the corn crop is in fair condition or better. Eighty-eight percent of soybeans are rated fair or better.

State Climatologist Harry Hillaker said rains last week ranged from 8.99 inches at Dorchester to completely dry in Fairfield.