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Farmers Continue to See Success in Spring Corn Planting After Early Fears

Posted: Wednesday, May 25th, 2011 at 6:24 am
Author: Justin Rottger - KCII News

Virtually all corn in Iowa has been planted, says the latest report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Iowa Field Office.  An extended period of warm and dry overall weather in early and mid May allowed for farmers to catch up from what was supposed to be a poor growing season.  The report says the southeast region has 97 percent of corn planted, and 98 percent of corn is in the ground in the state.

Numbers are still steady for soybeans, but Doug Hoyle of the Farmers’ Coop in Ainsworth says more farmers focused on corn this year rather than soybeans because of higher corn prices.  He added farmers in this area have reported more corn emerging here than the state average, which is currently at 74 percent.