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USDA: Iowa 84 percent corn planted

By Staff | May 22, 2014

DEAN BLACK, of Somers, one of a few remaining ridge-tillers in Iowa, plants corn in a 130-acre field in western Webster County. He said this is the 30th crop that has been planted on these ridges. Farming with his brother and nephew, the corn they grow is used for cattle feed and ethanol production, he said. Their soybean crops are non-GMO seeds grown for sale in Europe. As of Monday morning, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Iowa is 84 percent complete with corn planting and 40 percent in soybeans. In addition, 28 percent of the corn has emerged. All these numbers are well-ahead of last year, but well behind the five-year average, the May 19 NASS crop report said.

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