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Linn Co. Farmers Able To Get Ahead On Corn Planting

LINN COUNTY, Iowa (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- A cold, wet spring put a damper on corn planting this year.

The ideal time to plant was three or four weeks ago, which means many fields will stay bare this year.

"It's been a very difficult spring for a lot of farmers," said David Miller, Iowa Farm Bureau Director of Research.

Miller said nearly a million acres in the state have either been washed away from all the rain or not planted at all.

"Just because it's sunshine-y today doesn't mean you can be out in the fields. A lot of these fields that had excessive water on them could take two to three weeks to dry," Miller said.

Lucky for farmers like Curt Zingula, their crop is planted.

Linn County and much of Eastern Iowa is bucking the statewide trend of not-planted acres.

"The last four or five days of heat and dry weather have really helped, and as you can see, things are taking off and growing well now," Curt said.

There is a silver lining.

"It could have been worse," Zingula said.

Last year's drought actually helped the situation this year, because the soil was so dry, it absorbed more water, preventing some field flooding and erosion.

Still, across the state, farmers will be filling more insurance claims to cover the losses.

Curt said he's blessed, because that likely won't be the case in Eastern Iowa.

"I don't see that a lot of people will be taking advantage of or needing insurance at this time," Curt said.

But Zingula said we're not in the clear yet. The next three months are crucial for the corn's development and any poor weather could hurt yields.
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