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All three Siouxland states behind getting crops into the ground


DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV)--Wet weather has put the brakes on corn planting in much of the Midwest.

In Iowa, agriculture officials say this year's spring planting is among the slowest in a decade, with only 3 percent of the state's corn crop in the ground.

That compares to 61% at the same time last year and the average of 28%.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says some farmers are beginning to worry about replanting if corn doesn't germinate and develop.

In Nebraska, corn planting advanced slowly to five-percent complete.

That's also well behind last year's pace of 20% complete at this time, and the 15% average.

And in South Dakota, the Agricultural Statistics Service says no corn has been planted yet.

The five-year average is 5% planted by this date.

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