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Dry weather helps farmers; planting still not complete

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The Midwest finally had several days of dry weather in a row last week that enabled farmers to get into back their fields.  Still, corn and soybean planting is not finished in some areas.

The weekly crop report says that as of Sunday, 96 percent of Iowa's corn crop was planted, marking the first time in 20 years that any corn remained to be planted this late in the year.

93 percent of the corn has emerged.  Normally, it would all be up.  90 percent of Iowa's soybean crop has been planted.  That's up 13 percent from the week before, but behind the average 98 percent.  75 percent of the soybeans have emerged; still well behind the five-year average of 94 percent.

In Nebraska, where virtually all of the corn has been planted and has emerged, the crop is rated 60 percent good and 15 percent excellent.  95 percent of Nebraska soybeans have emerged.  That's near the average 96 percent.  The soybeans are rated 67 percent good condition and nine percent excellent.

In South Dakota, the corn crop is rated 52 percent good and 14 percent excellent.  Soybean planting is 98 percent complete.

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