I finally saw a tractor and finish tool working ground just North of my place. He was getting a little dust and the ground looks minimally dry enough to plant. That farm is tiled every 50 feet. Southern Allen Co in NE In. Rain forecast for late today. I sure hope he gets it planted before the rain moves in.
I went on a little drive yesterday from Des Moines up I35 to Hwy 20 over to I29 down I29 to I680 back to I80 and back to Des Moines. A little over 400 miles and in all that time I saw THREE corn fields that looked good. A whole lot of yellow sickly looking corn standing in water. Along Hwy 20 very seldom do I go a mile without seeing a field with a big drowned out pond or two. But still there were areas when I would go a few miles where most of the crops were planted and mostly up. Then I would top a rise and for the next few miles there would be little or no field work done.
Yesterday was at the first time in a while of 48 hours whit no rain. Coming back on I80 after 4PM I did see two farmers that were just making the first round with field cultivators up on the hill tops in western Iowa.
All that really nice ground on the Missouri River bottom ground is just as you would expect. Large parts under water but just a foot or two of elevation and they have it planted. its hard to tell just how much they lost. A corner of a field here, the one end there, the hole middle there, then a field under water next to a whole field planted. That isn't even counting the ones not touched that looked like you could "maybe'" get over them.
The field I spoke of this morning was planted today; they finished with 75 acres late this afternoon. I did see one other small landlocked piece of three or four acres planted also, My one neighbor was working a field this afternoon and stopped after a few acres.