Past IEM Features tagged: soybean
Getting Iowa's soybean crop harvested this fall has been a bit of a challenge. A very wet fall in places, high humidity levels and lack of killing frost have left some soybean fields unharvested to date. The featured chart displays yearly soybean harvest progress as reported by USDA NASS. The 'X' in each year's progress bar indicates the 62% level that would be comparable to this year's report valid on Monday. Mostly dry and less humid conditions have settled into the state, which will help soybean progress continue.
The featured map displays USDA estimated soybean planting progress with the departure from long term average shown. Missouri is shown to be well behind average while the rest of the Midwest (save Kansas) is practically done. Wet conditions over the state are to blame and this was even the case into southern Iowa as soybean planting was late there this year as well.
Farmers struggled to get the corn planted this growing season due to cold temperatures and wet conditions. Since most plant corn before planting soybean, it is obvious that the planting progress for soybean is well behind average for most states. The featured map displays the USDA reported soybean planting progress as of 9 June compared with the average value for the second week of June. Iowa and Wisconsin are the furthest behind average. These values do not tell the entire story as it is hard to account for all of the acres that were drowned out and will need to be replanted. Also there will be some fields abandoned for the year. Unfortunately, more rain will fall today and this weekend.