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Ponding and replant headline latest Iowa crop report

A wet spring is resulting in standing water in fields and Iowa farmers replanting corn and soybeans.

USDA’s latest weekly crop report says more scattered showers limited days suitable for fieldwork to less than four last week.

Corn planting, while nearly finished, trails last year’s pace by nearly two weeks and is five days slower than the five-year average.

Corn emergence, at 81 percent, is six days behind a year ago.  Seventy-three percent of the crop is rated in good to excellent condition.

Soybean planting is 84 percent done, compared to 97 percent last year and 84 percent normally.

Emergence trails both last year and the five-year average, and the first condition rating of the season for soybeans is 73 percent good to excellent.

The first cutting of alfalfa is 40 percent complete, six days off last year’s pace, and hay condition is called 79 percent good to excellent.

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