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Iowa planting progress furthest ahead across western third

Corn planting is behind in Iowa.

The latest USDA crop progress report says at just nine percent, this year’s pace trails 2021 by 11 days and the five-year average by nine days.

Four percent of the soybean crop is planted, nine days behind a year ago and five days slower than normal.

Farmers in the western third of Iowa are the furthest along.

Oat planting is at 63 percent with 18 percent emerged, about a week and-a-half off the usual pace.

Cool, wet weather has also limited pasture growth and is making livestock conditions more challenging.

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