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Late May frost forced some to replant soybeans and corn

DES MOINES — Some farmers had to put seed into their planters for a second time last week.

The latest U.S.D.A. report says some growers in the upper two-thirds of the state re-planted corn and soybeans due to frost damage that occurred in late May. Overall the report says 96% of the corn has emerged — which is nine days ahead of the five-year average. The corn that is up is rated at 77% good to excellent.

One-quarter of the soybeans remain to be planted heading into the week and that is now two-percent — which is almost two weeks ahead of normal. Eighty-six-percent of the soybeans have emerged. Soybeans are rated in 73 percent good to excellent condition.

 In the north-central crop reporting district, corn condition was listed as 17% excellent, 60% good, 20% fair, two percent poor and one percent very poor with 98% of corn having emerged. Soybeans were 15% excellent, 58% good, 23% fair, three percent poor and one percent very poor, with 99% being planted and 94% having emerged. Topsoil moisture was listed as 63% adequate, 36% short and one percent very short, while subsoil moisture was 62% adequate, 33% short and four percent very short.

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