Indiana farmers still far behind planting corn crop
Persistent rains and wet fields are keeping Indiana's farmers well behind their normal pace in planting the state's corn crop.
The federal government's weekly crop report says 8 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 1 percent the week before. But the 8 percent of corn planted so far is far behind the 82 percent planted by the same time last year and the 5-year average of 41 percent.
The crop report says Indiana's corn planting is now 26 days behind last year and 20 days behind the 5-year average. The report says Indiana's slowest recorded year for corn planting corn was in 1961, when virtually no corn had been planted by early May.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says only 12 percent of the nation's cornfields have been planted. That's about a quarter of the amount farmers had planted by this point in the season over the last five years.
In Iowa, which is the nation's biggest corn producer, only 8 percent of the corn crop is in the ground. That's down from 62 percent at this point last year.
Farmer John Reifsteck says if he has to wait much longer, he may have to plant less corn on his 1,800-acre central Illinois farm.
Farmers can plant corn into late May and early June.
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