As of Sunday, USDA-NASS reported half of Iowa’s corn lay in seed beds, the other half in seed bags. That rate puts us 18 percent ahead of the five-year average. Forty-one percent of our anticipated crop was planted in one week, with only 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork. If we can use that number for days corn was planted, that’s 5.9 million acres in 4.3 days or 1.37 million acres per day. Proving we can plant a lot of corn quickly in Iowa when conditions are right. Unfortunately, forecast conditions this week aren’t too favorable right now. How should we think about this?
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Elmore, Roger W., "Progress of Corn Planting and Corn Emergence" (2012). Integrated Crop Management News. 187.
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