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Published June 03, 2013, 12:00 AM

Corn Planting Soggy Spring


A tractor with cultivator sits idle after being delayed by wet weather earlier this month preventing central Illinois farmers from starting their spring planting of corn crops Monday, May 13, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. A week ago, the USDA reported that just 12 percent of the nation's cornfields have been planted. That's about a quarter of what was planted by this date over the previous five years, and it marks the slowest start in decades in some states. In Illinois, only 7 percent of the Illinois corn crop was sown. Yet USDA estimates that while the wet start is expected to reduce the amount each acre produces this year, farmers are planting so much corn that they're still likely to bring in a record amount.
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