Farmers hope rain holds off long enough to plant - KTIV News 4 Sioux City IA: News, Weather and Sports

Farmers hope rain holds off long enough to plant


Iowa farmers hope to catch up on field work and get more corn and soybeans planted this week after several weeks of rain delay.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says in a report released Monday that only 15% of the corn crop is in the ground, which is well behind the 5-year Iowa average of 79%.

This is the first spring in 20 years that less than 20% of the corn acres were planted by May 12.

Just 1% of soybeans acres are planted well behind the 5-year average of 30%.

The good news is soil moisture has been replenished with 95% of topsoil rated adequate or with a surplus.

About 76% of Iowa's subsoil has adequate moisture or a surplus.

Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's public inspection file should contact Administrative Assistant Kathy Clayton at (712) 239-4100 x209. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at