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Iowa corn growers are on the home stretch with planting

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by Ben Nuelle LISTEN: Money Matters 5-27-16

Iowa growers now have planted 95 percent of corn and 65 percent soybeans. A northeast Iowa farmer says he’s so far ahead of schedule this year it’s not even funny. Mark Mueller grows corn and soybeans in northeast Iowa near Waverly. I spoke to him at a Soil Health Partnership open house last Thursday.

Corn planting is 2 days ahead of last year and 6 days ahead of the 5-year average. Corn emerged reached 75 percent, on pace with last year, but 4 days ahead of normal. The first corn condition rating of the season was 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Soybean planting reached 74 percent complete, almost a week ahead of last year.

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