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Persistent Wet Weather Keeps Farmers Out of Fields

Window closes for corn farmers to plant crops

Field thunderstorm rainy meadow

The persistent wet weather in the Midwest has led to delays in corn planting for many farmers in the Corn Belt, potentially causing a decrease in the corn yield this year.

Midwestern farmers plant two main crops: corn and soybeans. Their current concerns, however, lie with planting corn first and on time, as it has a longer growing season.

The key date to plant corn by to avoid smaller crops is May 20. Normally, 80% of corn is planted by this date. On May 13 of this year, only 30% of U.S. corn crop was planted, according to figures released by the latest Crop Progress report by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). For the full story, click here.

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