Wet conditions slow down corn planting

04/30/2013 | Reuters

U.S. farmers have sown 5% of this year's corn crop as of Sunday, just 1 percentage point up from the previous week as wet conditions slowed down field work in the Midwest, according to the Department of Agriculture. The sowing rate is the slowest for this time of year since 1984. "The heavy rains from the week before combined with the cooler-than-normal temperatures, have many fields still too wet," said a report by the Illinois field office of the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service.

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