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Slow start for planting in Iowa

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) - Spring planting of the Corn crop has had a slow start, but farms aren't worrying just yet.

The USDA estimates just 2% of this year's corn is planted in Iowa.Compare that with 11% which is the five-year average for this time of year.

Experts say while planting is lagging at this point farmers don't have to worry about losing yield.

Planting season is just starting to get underway and farmers have several weeks to plant and still reach full yield potential.

And farmers say the weather this year is shaping up to be much better than last year when heavy rains kept them out of fields.

Tom Wall, Farmer says, "It's been cooler but it's also been drier so we've been able to get out in the fields and do some filed work whereas last year it was just cold and wet and it was pretty much, we only had a very small window to get things done last year. But this year we got, it seems, like a little more time."

Farmers say some rainfall is welcome to help get moisture in the soil.

But, any excessive rainfall could be problematic.

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