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Another 'stop & go' week

Jeff Caldwell 05/23/2011 @ 3:29pm Multimedia Editor for Agriculture.com and Successful Farming magazine.

Though progress looks to be grinding to a halt this week in much of the Midwest, farmers were busy the last week planting corn and soybeans, according to Monday's USDA-NASS Crop Progress report.

As of Sunday, 79% of the nation's corn crop is planted, up 16% over the previous week, while 41% of the soybean crop's in the ground, up from 22% a week ago, according to Monday's report. The corn planting progress range is wide in the Corn Belt, from 98% complete in Iowa to 11% in Ohio.

For soybeans, Iowa farmers have the highest planting total so far at 78%. Ohio farmers, who have faced the most lingering moisture and cool temperatures so far this spring, have 4% of that state's soybeans planted.

The last few days' weather pattern is one that hasn't permitted a lot of planting progress in much of the Corn Belt after farmers were allowed to make good progress in states like Nebraska and Iowa. And, according to Freese-Notis Weather, Inc., ag meteorologist Craig Solberg, that looks to continue this week before moderating later on in the current forecast.

"This is going to be a very wet work-week period for the Midwest and nearby areas, certainly the last thing that a lot of that area wanted to see given that there is still a fair amount of corn to be planted," Solberg said Monday. " At least the forecast does suggest that such planting can take place, as most of the Midwest will dry out for the 6-10 and 11-15 day time frames with temperatures quite warm as well."

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