The USDA says although corn has been planted well ahead of the average this year, soybeans may not follow the same trend. 89 percent of the state’s corn crop has so far been planted, nearly twice as much as the five-year average. 64 percent has emerged, compared to a five-year average of 18 percent. Most farmers wait longer to plant soybeans because they take less time to grow, says crop statistician Brad Schwab, and now the fields are too muddy to do any work. He says farmers may not be back in the fields for a couple weeks.
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“Right it’s just so wet that they can’t get out in to the fields without getting stuck in their tractors,” Schwab says. “So they have to wait for it to dry down and wait for those pockets in the fields where there’s standing water to dry up.” However, 21 percent of soybeans have already been planted. That’s triple the five-year average for this date. Schwab says farmers may start harvesting corn by August. He says that could mean profits for those early birds who take advantage of it because of global corn shortages. But it won’t last forever, he says. “It will quickly evaporate … there’s going to be a lot of farmers starting early so that won’t last for long,” Schwab says.