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Farmers out planting corn early this year

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- It's been a tough few years for farmers here in Iowa. Whether they've dealt with floods, early freezes, and hail storms. But this year, for the first time in a long time, things are looking good for farmers. Its depends which farmer you talk to but typically farmers spend much of April planting oats and calving.

But this year many have been out in their fields planting. Corn acreage were 68 percent complete as of Monday; up 19 percent from last week.

This time of year you'll probably catch Paul Vaassen taking care of his cattle.

"This is probably the best weather for calving in April that I can remember," said Vaassen.

And if he's not doing that he's usually planting oats. But on this sunny afternoon you'll find Vaassen in this fields, planting corn.

"Because the ground is firm, the grass is warm the sun is shining and its been very good," said Vaassen.

Good enough for him to plant early.

"I think because we had very little frost as the snow melted, that melted went into the ground and it firmed up the ground almost immediately," said Vaassen.

Meaning less mud and slush farmers usually see in the spring. But don't thinks too fast. Farmers says just because they're ahead of schedule now doesn't meant something could happen to hinder their progress.

"We're a long way from harvest, and you never know what's gonna happen," said Vaassen.

Take last year for example, cool summer days resulted in wet corn. Forcing many farmers to leave corn out in their fields through the winter. Still, farmers are optimistic.

"And hopefully get some warmer weather than we had last year," said Vaassen.

In the meantime Vaasen will count his blessings, or should we say Cattle, and spend time out in the fields while he can.

Corn isn't the only crop ahead of schedule. Vaassen says alfalfa hay is really coming in fast. He credits all of this to excellent weather conditions. Something he can only hope continues through harvest.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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