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AGRIBUSINESS: Planting Progresses Despite Weather

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There were only 2.6 days last week where farmers could get out and plant according to the Iowa Crop Progress report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

But the time was well used, 14 percent of the corn crop was seeded; bumping the states planted acres to 84 percent, about four points short of the five-year average.

But the corn isn't coming up too well, only 28 percent of the crop is emerging, which is almost half of the five-year average. Northeast Iowa is having the hardest time getting corn in; only 61 percent of its acres are planted and only four percent are emerging.

The soybean crop also saw good numbers doubling from 20 percent planted acres last week to 40 percent this week. However, it is still below the five-year average of 50 percent.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey released in a statement, “Planting progress remains behind the five-year average for both corn and beans, so farmers remain anxious to take advantage of every opportunity to get in the field.”

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