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Indiana farmers still far behind planting corn crop

May 7, 2013

Persistent rains and wet fields are keeping Indiana's farmers well behind their normal pace in planting the state's corn crop.

The federal government's weekly crop report says 8 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 1 percent the week before. But the 8 percent of corn planted so far is far behind the 82 percent planted by the same time last year and the 5-year average of 41 percent.

The crop report says Indiana's corn planting is now 26 days behind last year and 20 days behind the 5-year average. Indiana's slowest recorded year for corn planting corn was in 1961, when virtually no corn had been planted by early May.

Farmers can plant corn into late May and early June.

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