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Farmers make big progress in getting crops planted

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Iowa farmers had planted 71 percent of the corn crop as of Sunday Iowa farmers had planted 71 percent of the corn crop as of Sunday
DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -

Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey says farmers took full advantage of the good weather last week and were planting at a near-record pace.  The weekly crop report shows in Iowa as of Sunday, 71 percent of the corn was in the ground.

That's up from 15 percent the week before, but still behind last year's 97 percent and the five-year average of 92 percent.  13 percent of the corn crop had emerged.

Soybean planting was 16 percent complete in Iowa, behind last year's 78 percent and the five-year average of 59 percent.  One percent of the soybean crop has emerged.

Corn planting also advanced quickly in Nebraska, where 84 percent of the crop was in the ground as of Sunday.  That's behind last year's 97 percent and the 92 percent average.  26 percent of Nebraska's corn had emerged.

Soybean planting was 33 percent complete in Nebraska, behind last year's 80 percent and the 58 percent average.  Two percent of the soybeans had emerged.

Above-normal temperatures and drier soils accelerated spring planting across South Dakota.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in its weekly crop report that producers had on average 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork.

Winter wheat conditions were rated 31 percent very poor, 28 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 8 percent good and 0 percent excellent.

Calving was 94 percent complete and lambing was 96 percent complete.

Cattle and calf conditions were rated 0 percent very poor,4 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

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