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Farmers gear up to overcome planting delays

Farmers gear up to overcome planting delays

Cool, wet weather pushed planting in Iowa and the Western Corn Belt considerably behind last year’s pace, but analysts say there’s still ample time to catch up.

The U.S. corn crop was only 6 percent planted as of April 16, 6 percent below prior year levels and 3 percent below the five-year average, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s weekly crop progress report.

Two percent of Iowa’s expected corn acreage has been planted, 9 percent behind last year’s pace and 2 percent behind the five-year average.

"It is early in the planting season," said John Newton, American Farm...




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