CROP REPORT: Corn Planting Ahead Of Schedule

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Last week was a big one for the 2012 planting season in Iowa.

The Iowa Secretary of Agriculture’s Office says farmers planted 41-percent of this year’s corn crop last week. That puts half the corn crop in the ground so far this year.

“Farmers were able to make good progress last week and now half of the corn crop is planted statewide, which is good news,” Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said.  “Farmers will be anxious to get the rest of the crop in the ground and take advantage of any dry weather this week to get in the fields.”

Normally at this time of year only 32-percent of the crop is in the ground. Five-percent of the crop has also emerged. That’s about 10 days ahead of normal.