Crop Planting in Iowa is Virtually Done

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Josie Taylor | June 16, 2022

Corn and soybean planting in Iowa is done, for the most part. Some farmers were forced to consider replanting fields damaged by severe weather during the past week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday.

Hail that was three inches in diameter was reported in Greene County and one-inch hail fell on part of Polk County. Hail and significant straight-line winds were reported in southwest Iowa, Glisan reported.

Hail and heavy rain has led some farmers to replant damaged crops. Some of the replanting is not complete yet. A heat wave this week and next is expected to dry out wet fields. 

A large swath of northwest Iowa is abnormally dry or in a moderate or severe drought. The driest area is near Sioux City, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. 

About 95% of the state’s corn crop has emerged, which is one day ahead of the five-year average, the USDA report said. About 84% of the state’s soybeans have emerged, two days ahead of the average.

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