Spring Planting Progress

This spring is off to a slow start with persistent rain and cooler temperatures.  Nearly 100% of the corn on our managed acres is planted and most has emerged.  Excess moisture has caused some minor flooding and ponding on bottomland acres and small pockets of corn may need to be re-planted on some farms.  Scattered hail in SW Iowa has also damaged some of the emerged corn but the growing points are still below the soil surfaces so full recovery is expected at this time.  Very few soybean acres have been planted on our managed farms due to excess rainfall and cold temperatures.  In order to maintain top yield potential the soybeans need to be planted within the next two weeks.  With normal weather I would expect conditions to allow for soybean planting to start within the next week.