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Wet Weather Taking Toll on Iowa Corn Crop

DES MOINES (CBS 2/FOX 28) - Continued wet weather is wreaking havoc on Iowa's 2013 corn crop according to the latest crop and weather summary.

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey says just eight percent of the state's corn crop is in the ground - compared to 62-percent in 2012 and 56-percent over a five year average.

Most farmers were only able to get into their fields for about 2.3 days last week as continued rain, snow and cold temperatures covered the state.

In addition to corn only about two-thirds of the state's oat crop is in the ground while by this point last year the entire crop had been planted.

Even pasture land isn't fairing as well with all the moisture. While drought conditions are easing, and the moisture is there for hay and pasture growth, it's still been too cold through most of the state to promote growth.

 
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