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98% of Iowa corn planted

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -

Most Iowa farmers have met or surpassed last year's quick pace of planting corn and soybeans.

The weekly crop report released on Monday by the Iowa Department of Agriculture shows 98% of the corn crop has been planted, which matches last year's progress and is ahead of the five year average of 94%. Soybean planting is 78% complete, ahead of 72% in 2010 and the average of 68%.

State Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says Iowa needs some warm and dry weather to help the crops grow. There were just four days of fieldwork statewide last week. He says most of last week's rain wasn't heavy, but some areas reported hail. Tornadoes were reported in six counties on Sunday.

 

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