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Cold wet weather halts Iowa fieldwork

Only three-percent of Iowa’s corn acreage has been planted, that compares with sixty-one-percent at this time last year and the five year average of twenty-eight-percent. Seventy-two percent of the oat acreage has been seeded, behind last year, but ahead of the average.

Field work was virtually suspended through the week due to cold and wet conditions. The few producers who have planted are concerned they may have to re-plant if the corn does not geminate and develop.

With the cool, wet weather conditions pastures have been slow to green up. The cold damp weather has also been unfavorable for calving.

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