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Heavy Rainfall in May Hinders Planting

Posted: Tuesday, May 25th, 2010 at 7:30 am
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The USDA indicates Southeast Iowa has received over 10 inches of rain so far this month which has caused crop concerns. This part of the state received more rain last week on already saturated fields, limiting fieldwork. The USDA says emerged corn is lacking color, and standing water in low lying fields will not permit newly planted crops to survive. 76 percent of corn has emerged in southeast Iowa, as compared to 84 percent statewide. 36 percent of soybeans have been planted, as compared to 75 percent statewide. The forecast this week calls for chances of scattered showers and storms today and tomorrow, with the rest of the week looking sunny with temperatures in the eighties.