Posted at: 06/10/2013 4:55 PM

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Wet Weather Hampers Planting Again in Minnesota/Iowa


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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Yet another week of wet weather has prevented Minnesota farmers from getting their planting done.
    
The weekly crops and weather report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says only 2.6 days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week.
    
So corn planting advanced only 3 percentage points to 90 percent complete, remaining behind the five-year average of 99 percent for this date.  Because of the long delay, some farmers are now expected to file insurance claims for "prevented planting" rather than plant a corn crop this year.
    
Despite the wet conditions, though, soybean planting advanced 17 points to 72 percent planted, which is still behind the 95-percent average for this date.
    
Crop development continues to lag the normal pace because of the cold wet spring, and that could affect yields.

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa farmers endured another wet week largely keeping them out of the fields.
    
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says in Monday's crop update that 92 percent of Iowa's corn is now planted. Usually planting is all but completed by now. Eighty-six percent is rated in fair, good, or excellent shape while 14 percent is poor or very poor.
    
Just 60 percent of the soybean crop is planted much lower than the normal 95 percent and 39 percent has emerged while average is 83 percent.
    
Planting and emergence for soybeans are the latest since 1993.
    
State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says temperatures were below normal every day last week at all locations in the state. The statewide average rainfall was 1.1 inches slightly under average of 1.2 inches.

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