HINTON, Iowa (KTIV) – Following March flooding through the area, local ag producers are still working to get back on their feet this Spring.
Damage done by those floods has delayed planting. And this week’s rain is only making their job harder.
Joel DeJong, Iowa State University Extension Field Agronomist, says the “optimum time” for planting in Iowa is starting to close.
In the southern part of the state, there is a high percentage of corn in the ground already.
But in the north, DeJong says only 20-25 percent of the crop is in the ground.
He says that’s due to 30-90 days of above-average rainfall that has soaked the soil.
In order for crops to grow, DeJong says they must have ideal soil to have healthy root systems.
Because of wet fields, many producers are holding off on spring planting, at least for now.
“It’s been too wet to do field work without causing damage to the soil,” said DeJong, “and so they’re trying to be patient to see if they can find a window when its fit to actually be planting. So it’s been a waiting game and we hope that the forecast changes because as we move later into the month, the potential in yield maximum keeps dropping for corn and for soybeans. So we would like to plant sooner rather than later.”
DeJong says farmers would like to be done planting crops as soon as May 10.