Midwest growers push to get crops planted

Farmers in the Corn Belt took advantage of better weather and made enormous progress last week in planting corn and soybeans. Iowa’s planted corn acreage rose from 14 percent to 57 percent as reported in the May 16 crop progress bulletin, while Illinois went [...]

Soybean planting gets underway in Illinois, Iowa

Planting of 2022/23 soybeans remained behind average pace as of Apr. 24 due to a slow start in Illinois and Iowa, which were both just 1 percent planted vs. their five-year averages of 8 percent and 3 percent. Indiana soybean plantings had yet to [...]

Crop tour 2020: Day 2, western Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, & western Indiana

Day 2 of the crop tour was a ten-hour drive from Lincoln, NE to Indianapolis, IN (see map below). Driving out of Nebraska and into Iowa, corn and soybean crops looked noticeably more mature, I would estimate one to two weeks ahead of Nebraska [...]

Corn planting catches up, soybeans blaze ahead

The U.S. corn crop was 62 percent planted as of May 13, just about even with the five-year average. Top-producing states made major progress last week: Iowa’s crop was 65 percent planted, a gain of 25 points week over week; Illinois had 90 percent [...]

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