Corn planting is about half completed in northwest and west central Iowa and soybean planting will soon be in full swing, according to Joel DeJong, ISU Extension Crop Specialist.
Other areas of the state are not so fortunate, according to DeJong. In central and southeast Iowa, almost no corn planting has taken place. DeJong stated that the reason for the lack of planting progress in other parts of the state is too much rain.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey echoed DeJong's comments in his weekly report issued Tuesday morning.
"Farmers were able to start getting in the field in parts of western Iowa to apply fertilizer and plant corn, however those in the central and eastern parts of the state are still facing wet conditions," Northey said. "Many farmers are starting to get nervous, so let's hope everything dries up soon and everyone can get planting underway."
DeJong noted on Monday that there was expected to be rain early this week but later in the week, the farmers will be back in the field and almost all corn should be planted by the end of next week in northwest Iowa. He noted that this is as it should be for this time of the spring.
The one drawback to this planting season in northwest Iowa has been the cooler than normal temperatures. After a fairly warm Monday and Tuesday, temperatures are expected to go below normal again for a period of time.
This should not pose any serious problems as the season progresses, according to DeJong.