Corn planting is nearing completion, beans more than halfway done

The Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report is released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistical Service weekly from April through October. Notably, the percentage of acres planted at this point equaled progress in 2016 while the percentage of acres emerged trailed by four percentage points.

The most active corn contract for July delivery fell 5.5 cents, or 1.47 percent, to 3.695 dollars per bushel.

Corn planting in Iowa is said to be three days behind last year's pace.

The weekly report is also available on the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship's website at or on USDA's site at

Soybean planting is 72 percent complete in Minnesota, 62 percent in Iowa, North Dakota 57 percent, South Dakota 56 percent, Nebraska 52 percent, IL 48 percent, Missouri 42 percent, Wisconsin 29 percent and Kansas 27 percent. Soybean planting, at 53%, is slightly ahead of the five-year average. Severe weather, mostly high winds, were reported from 55 counties that evening, mostly across the east two-thirds of the state. The first corn condition rating of the season is 75 percent good to excellent. Headed was 6 percent, equal to past year and near 4 average. The 2 to 4 inch soil temperature at Waseca averaged almost 60 degrees F from May 1-19, which is well above the long-term average for the first half of May, and averaged 64-70 degrees F from May 13-18.

North Dakota's spring wheat crop is 88 percent planted.

Minnesota farmers are almost finished with spring wheat planting, at 99 percent completion. The crop is 83 percent emerged compared with 72 percent a week ago, 89 percent a year ago and 81 percent for the five-year average.

Soybean planting moved up to the 28%-done mark, compared to only 7% last year at this time and 20% for the five-year average. Oat condition was rated 80 percent good to excellent.

Alfalfa condition rated 0 percent very poor, 1 poor, 12 fair, 76 good, and 11 excellent.

  • Zachary Reyes