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Wet conditions are causing planting delays for some farmers.

Ninety-four-percent of the state’s corn acreage has been planted. Normally the entire crop is in the ground by this time.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says it’s likely some of the unplanted six-percent, about 800,000 acres never will be planted.

Only 77-percent of the soybean crop is in the ground. Normally 96-percent would be planted at this time.

“Hopefully a significant portion of the beans yet to be planted will get in the ground this week as it is getting late in the season to plant soybeans,” says Northey.

Half of the corn and beans that are in the field are rated good to excellent.