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Farmers hope rain holds off long enough to plant

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Iowa farmers hope to catch up on field work and get more corn and soybeans planted this week after several weeks of rain delay.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says in a report released Monday that only 15% of the corn crop is in the ground, which is well behind the 5-year Iowa average of 79%.

This is the first spring in 20 years that less than 20% of the corn acres were planted by May 12.

Just 1% of soybeans acres are planted well behind the 5-year average of 30%.

The good news is soil moisture has been replenished with 95% of topsoil rated adequate or with a surplus.

About 76% of Iowa's subsoil has adequate moisture or a surplus.

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