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Iowa Secretary of Agriculture weighs in on crop production

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The Midwest finally had several days of dry weather in a row last week that enabled farmers to get back into their fields.

However, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey said planting is still not finished thanks to a wet spring.

Northey said ideally farmers would like to see a half inch to an inch of rain each week.

But, some areas have had more than that.

Northey said that will be a problem for those farmers, but he feels producers in Northwest Iowa are ahead of the curve overall.

"Right now, we're in pretty good shape. This part of the state is in as good or a better state than most areas of Iowa," Northey said.

The weekly crop report demonstrates where Iowa stands in terms of crop production.

Ninety-six 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. 

Ninety-three percent of the corn has emerged.

Normally, it would all be up.

Ninety percent of Iowa's soybean crop has been planted.

That's up 13 percent from the week before, but behind the average 98 percent.

Seventy-five 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.

Ninety-five 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.

And 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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