For all intents and purposes, planting in Western Iowa and Eastern Nebraska is complete with the exception of a few replant soybeans. A rain event about 10 days to 2 weeks ago, caused a ¼- to ½-inch crust on the soybeans planted at that time. With rain in the forecast, there is much hope this would resolve the issue. Side-dressing of corn is in full swing as is post-emergence spray on corn. With warmer than average temperatures, corn is jumping right now. Much of the corn is in the V4 to V6 stage. With a great crop in the ground, let’s keep our fingers crossed that can keep it this way for the summer months to come!
In North Central Iowa and West Central Iowa, corn is as tall as V4. Some corn fields in West Central Iowa are at V5 stage. There is some corn replanting happening Clarion, Eagle Grove and Humboldt in North Central Iowa.
Soybean planting is done throughout both regions with some beans as tall as stage V2 second node. Some of the later planted beans are lying in dry dirt and could use some moisture. Some beans that were planted before the heavy rains need more rain to break up the crust of dirt and help soybeans emerge. Some farmers planted a little too deep, which is also making it more difficult for the seedlings to emerge. Remember to check planter depth often – even within the same field – so soybean seed doesn’t get planted deeper than 1.5 inches.