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Northey: Planting ahead of schedule, despite wet weather

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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said Iowa farmers are ahead of the 8-ball this planting season, according to a release from his office.

“Farmers continue to make planting progress and remain ahead of the five-year average for both corn and soybeans,” Northey said. “The wet weather has slowed progress significantly, especially in southwest Iowa, and there is some standing water being reported.”

Northey said this in comments on the USDA's Iowa Crops and Weather report, a weekly release from April through October.

According to report data, only 2.6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week. Some farmers reported standing water in fields.

92% of the corn crop has been planted, which is 6 days ahead of last year, and 5 days ahead of the 5-year average.Soybean planting is 51% complete, 3 days ahead of 2014.

Farmers in Southeast Iowa reported significant delays, behind the state averages above.

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