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MAXWELL, Iowa -- Instead of working in the fields, many Iowa farmers will be glued to the weather forecast this weekend.

Maxwell farmer Grant Kimberley began planting his corn fields this week. He got about one-third of the work done, putting him ahead of schedule.

However, heavy rains this weekend could delay planting for several days.

Kimberley says seeds in before the rain will have an advantage over seeds planted later this week.

"If you can get some seeds in early like this, granted that it germinates well and everything comes up, that crop can get going and get a little bit of a head start and maybe get to that point where it pollinates in the summer before you get that summer heat wave that comes through,” Kimberley told Channel 13 News.

On Mondays, the Iowa Department of Agriculture releases weekly updates on crop conditions and planting progress.