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Farmers find dry windows to plant as rains continue

World of Agriculture 4-28-17

According the recent crop progress report, eight percent of Iowa’s Corn crop has been planted.

We are nine days behind last year and three days behind the five-year average. Farmers had only three good days to get to the field last week.

“We’re worried about the rain, getting corn in the ground, and worried about the corn already in the ground. It’s kind of a double-edged sword,” Tipton farmer Nick Ehlers says.

Ehlers will plant around 1,800 acres of corn. Rain is expected the next few days and Ehlers about 50 percent of his corn planted.

He says it’s very hard to turn a profit these days and the rain only makes matters worse.

“Rents are still high, inputs are high, so you have to sharpen your pencil and go from there.”

Ehlers, like every other farmer, hopes to have a good crop this growing season. Twenty-eight percent of the nation’s corn crop is planted. Four percent has emerged. Three percent of the nation’s soybeans have been planted.