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Many Farmers Wait to Plant as Cool, Wet Weather Continues

Posted By News On May 10, 2013 @ 6:30 am In Today’s Local News | Comments Disabled

The spring’s wet weather has ended the drought throughout the eastern half of Iowa, including in Marion County. However, that wet weather, combined with cool conditions, has also kept farmers from getting in the fields.

Iowa State Savings Bank Ag Banker Leslie Miller tells KNIA/KRLS News that about 10 percent of corn has been planted locally. She explains this weeks’ rainfall will impact how farmers feel. We’ve received about six-tenths of an inch over the past couple days. Miller says that anything more than an inch, and farmers may not be able to get much more planted before May 15th. That date is considered the traditional date where producers start figuring a reduction in yields due to a delay in planting.

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