Much needed precipitation across much of Iowa was beneficial to crop progress during the week ending May 9th according to the USDA.
Statewide there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork last week.
Statewide, 86% of the expected corn crop has been planted, 10 days ahead of the 5 year average. Corn emergence improved to 22% complete, an increase of 20 percentage points from the previous week.
Just over two thirds of the expected soybean crop has been planted, 15 days ahead of the five year average, 6% of the expected soybean crop has emerged, 5 days ahead of normal.
Topsoil moisture levels were rated 10% very short, 27% short, 61% adequate and 2% surplus statewide.