This week in West Central Iowa, corn is as tall as 3 to 4 inches or V1 first leaf. There are a few outlying fields that have even surpassed the V1 stage. Corn planting is estimated at 99% done with several farmers well into or done with soybean planting. Overall soybean planting is around 35 to 40% done. There have been some fields present evidence of compaction, hopefully the rain will soften some of these areas to let those later planted corn seedlings emerge.
In North Central Iowa, corn is between 60 and 70% planted with soybeans at 20% to 25%. Humboldt Iowa received almost an 1 inch of rain Sunday night with overall totals far surpassing that of West Central Iowa and the reason for lesser planting completion estimates.
I will remind farmers that after May 25th if you have 110 to 112 day maturity you may want to switch to an earlier variety, unless you have a drier system and bins on your farm or livestock. Keep in touch with your RSM for options should you need to switch. Have a great week!