Regional Crop Update 4/29

Apr 29, 2024

Cedar/Scott County, Iowa

Eastern Iowa had busy week of planting and herbicide application last week. Estimating about 40% of corn and 20% of soybeans were planted in the last seven days. Over the weekend the area received anywhere from 1-1.5” of rain which should help activate any herbicide that was applied. Not sure if planters will get back in the field before we receive some more forecasted moisture. I imagine we will see some plants emerge this week with warmer temps.

Jackson/Clinton County, Iowa

This past week anhydrous season was able to all but completely finish up and sprayers were running full force on pre-emerge corn & soybean applications as planters were finally able to get rolling. As for planting progress, I estimate about 10% of the corn crop has been planted and roughly 20% on beans, but obviously these numbers vary from farm to farm. Friday and Sunday brought around .5” of rain into the mix, but thankfully not the projected 3-5” that could have crusted over some of the recently planted fields. Planters might have a chance to run again as the beginning of this week looks to dry up a bit, but more rain is forecasted for the end of the week so the area should have ample soil moisture to start the growing season.

Sperry/SE Iowa

Iowa was busy last week putting in about 20 percent of the soybeans and 10 percent of the corn. Some of the beans from the first round of planting are up and running but this cooler weather will slow them down some. A lot of burndowns are on, and guys are looking to capitalize on another stretch of good weather to get everything in the ground. This weekend alone Sperry got 2.5 so it’s fair to say not much will be dry especially with the forecast for this week looking like rain every day.

Ryan, IA

The weekend brought some rain and storms. Luckily none of the storms were severe. We accumulated about 1.4 inches of rain over the weekend giving the seeds that are already in the ground a nice drink of water.

Galva/Camp Grove

Planting season is officially underway in Northern Illinois! Planting progress is tracking well ahead of the 5-year average, which is not surprising given the extended time we’ve had this spring to complete fieldwork. This territory has accumulated 4-4.8” of rain in the last two weeks, and roughly 150 GDUs since April 10th. The planted acres appear to have weathered the recent drop in temperature quite well, as most have germinated and aren’t far from emerging. The extended forecast of more rain and warm temperatures should lead to great growing conditions for the young seedlings.

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May 13, 2024
Cedar/Scott County, Iowa
Eastern Iowa has been able to get the majority of the crop in the ground in between rain showers. Planting progress is sitting roughly 90% on corn and 60%-70% on soybeans. Early planted corn emerged in 7-10 days thanks to warm temps and ample moisture. One thing to watch this spring is insects and disease pressure being higher than usual due to the mild winter. We have seen that firsthand in our alfalfa crop locally with the alfalfa weevil causing early season damage before the first cutting. Make sure to scout your hay crop if you haven’t and contact your local rep if a insecticide application is needed. 
Apr 15, 2024

Cedar/Scott County, Iowa

Temperatures have come back to the mean after March, which was ahead of schedule. We haven't had a day in April that has been more than 10⁰F above normal. We have received some much-needed moisture in the last couple of weeks. Soil temperatures have growers thinking about planting, but not many wheels have turned so far. The forecast for moisture this week will most likely keep growers out of the field and hoping for better days ahead. This spring's weather has been very conducive for fertilizer and NH3 applications, which has helped growers and retailers be as prepared as possible heading into planting season.

Apr 03, 2024
Regional Crop Update

Sperry, Iowa
     The last few weeks have been cold and wet in southeast Iowa with a considerable amount of rain and temperatures dipping below freezing most nights. The cold has pushed back on any thoughts of an early spring, but if it warms up next week planters will be rolling on the lighter ground. The moisture is a much-needed relief to a dry soil profile but if it doesn’t start to dry in the next two weeks the conditions will be unfavorable for planting. With the mild and wet winter we experienced in southeast Iowa fields are turning green earlier with a lot of grasses and winter annuals coming in with a vengeance. Early burndowns are a hot topic due to the volume of weed pressure.