According to the April 30th USDA/NASS Crop Progress report, Iowa had 28% of the corn crop planted which was behind the 5-year average of 35% complete. In Iowa, 1% of the corn crop had emerged, while neighboring states such as Illinois and Nebraska have 20% and 30% of their corn crop emerged. Soybean planting progress in Iowa is only 2% complete as of April 30 th, only slightly behind the 5-year average.

The average 4 inch soil temperatures are below 50 degrees across much of the state as of May 2nd.