DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Ninety-two percent of Iowa's corn crop has been planted as farmers took advantage of record temperatures and windy conditions early last week.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says a lot of progress has been made in the past two weeks and the state is now ahead of the five-year average for planting corn and soybeans.
Just two weeks ago, only 8 percent of the corn was planted and Northey was calling it among the slowest planting seasons in a decade. Now, corn is ahead of the five-year average of 84 percent, but still behind last year's 96 percent.
Forty-seven percent of the state's soybeans are planted. That's behind last year's 52 percent but ahead of the average 38 percent.