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Corn planting delayed due to heavy rainfall

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

SIKESTON -- The little bit of sun in between the rain isn't a huge bright spot for area farmers. With all the rain in the past week and forecast for the next several days, the wet soil is forcing them to delay corn planting for the second consecutive year.

"If it keeps raining like they're talking, we may not be back in the fields until May 15," said Jeff House, agronomy specialist for the New Madrid County University of Missouri Extension. "And data shows that you can plant corn all the way until May 20, but it gets very inconsistent the later your go and it puts you in greater risk for adverse weather conditions later on in the growing season."

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