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Corn emergence nears finish line -- USDA

Jeff Caldwell 06/24/2013 @ 4:02pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Corn emergence and soybean planting have just about caught up to the normal pace for this time of year, leaving soybean emergence about the only variable that's further off the average pace, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

The report shows 81% of the nation's soybeans have emerged, 8% off the usual pace and 17% behind last year's blistering pace. Farmers took a big step toward the finish line when it comes to planting that crop in the last week, though; 92% of the soybean crop's in the ground, up from 85% a week ago. And corn emergence is even closer to the finish line, with 96% of the crop out of the ground, up from 92% last week.

“Finally, much of the state had several days of dry weather in a row, and a lot of farmers were able to take advantage and get some corn and quite a few soybeans planted,” Iowa Agriculture Secretary Bill Northey said Monday. “It has been an extremely challenging planting season, and many farmers are making tough decisions about how to handle the significant acreage that they still have been unable to get planted.”

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