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Soggy weather delaying spring planting, forcing farmers into waiting game

Charles City, Iowa – Water-logged ground and cold temperatures continue plaguing northeast Iowa farm producers as the spring planting season has come to a grinding halt.

Alex Montange farms in Floyd County, sells Pioneer seed and says only 10 percent of the corn crop is in and soybean planting has barely begun.

Statewide, Iowa farmers have planted 21 percent of the corn crop, two days ahead of last year but two days behind the five year average according to data from the USDA’s latest crop progress and condition report.

Montange says farmers could be as much as two weeks behind schedule.

The two-week outlook for the area has above-normal precipitation and below normal temperatures.

Conditions have made it difficult to pull into fields, but to get to them, too.

Montange chuckled and said hopefully producers can only go up from here as the ‘panic button’ looms in two weeks.

He added the solution is wind, sun and no rain.

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Kellan Heavican

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