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Wet fields a welcome sight across corn belt

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:16 p.m. CST • Updated: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 12:48 p.m. CST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Corn planting in Nebraska, Iowa and some other states is way, way behind last year, and that’s just fine with a lot of farmers.

Other than the flooding it’s been causing in some spots, the rainstorms have been welcome, wet events in the drought-ridden corn belt.

Last spring, the skies weren’t so generous, but they allowed the planting of about 30 percent of the Nebraska crop by the end of April.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that almost no Nebraska planting has been done so far this year and little — if any — is expected by Monday.

Iowa farmers aim to have corn in the ground sometime between April 20 and May 5 for optimal output at the end of the season, according to Jim Fawcett, Extension Field Agronomist with Iowa State University.

While the recent rain has been a boon to Iowa farmers who can easily remember the hardships of last year’s dry season, too much more will prove detrimental to Iowa’s crops.