Posted on April 22, 2014 at 3:57 PM by Iowa Corn
Roger Zylstra of Lynnville, president of the Iowa Corn Growers Association (ICGA), is planting corn today and may have about one-quarter of his corn acres planted by the end of the day. He, along with many farmers in his area, started planting on Saturday. He had 3.5 inches of rain a week ago, but that precipitation settled through the soils quickly and the fields are in good condition for planting.Carl Jardon of Randolph received rain on Sunday evening which kept him out of the fields on Monday. He hopes to plant more corn acres before more rain or storms arrive later this week. He planted about 50 acres of corn on Saturday. In areas south of him, more corn acres have been planted. Jardon would estimate about 10 percent of the corn acres in Fremont County have been planted. He planted sweet corn last Thursday, but it was still a little wet.
Bob Bowman of DeWitt in Clinton County, president of the Iowa Corn Promotion Board (ICPB), says some spotty showers on Monday prevented them from working in the fields. He and his son are still preparing their tillage strips. He hopes to be ready to plant corn in a few days. A few neighbors who use conventional tillage are planting corn. It was around 40 degrees this morning. Bowman would like some warmer temperatures and says a warm rain would be even better.
Nick Leibold of New Hampton had about two inches of rain over the weekend. On Saturday, a few farmers in his area were applying anhydrous and some were sowing oats but there hasn’t been any corn planted. Leibold had a tiling contractor putting in tile this past Saturday and there was still frost in the ground. The soils are still cold and many farmers are anxiously awaiting for the soils temperatures to warm up.
Soil temperatures are finally above 50 degrees across Iowa.