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Wet weather continues to delay spring planting in Siouxland


Wet weather continues to delay planting across the tri-state region.  The weekly crop report shows that only 8 percent of Iowa's corn crop is in the ground.  That's the least progress at this point since 1995, according to State Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey.

A year ago, 62 percent of the corn was planted at this time.  The five-year average is 56 percent.

In Nebraska, 14 percent of the corn has been planted.  That's well behind last year's 70 percent and the average 53 percent.

In South Dakota, unseasonably cool temperatures slowed planting of row crops and pasture growth.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that despite the cooler temperatures, producers had 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork.

Winter wheat conditions were rated 31 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 6 percent good and 0 percent excellent.

Calving was 85 percent complete and lambing was 90 percent complete.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 3 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 60 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

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