According to the latest USDA/NASS Crop Progress Report, Iowa farmers are picking up the pace on planting progress. The Iowa corn crop is now 40% planted, which is only 8% behind the 5-year average. Planting of the Iowa soybean crop is about 11% complete, which is right on track with the 5-year average soybean planting progress.

Corn planting is progressing the quickest in South Central Iowa, where it is 77% complete. The northern portion of the state is has seen more precipitation lately. Only 9% of the corn in the North Central Crop Reporting District (CRD) is planted, 16% in the Northwest CRD, and 28% in the Northeast CRD.

Soybean planting progress is at 42% in the Southeast CRD and 28% in the South Central CRD. However, the remaining crop reporting districts in the state are all below 20% of soybeans planted and going as low as 2% and 0% planted in the Northwest and North Central CRDs.