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Wet weather delays plantings across Southeast

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wet weather has delayed plantings across the Southeast.
Wet weather has delayed plantings across the Southeast.

Heavy rains throughout the corn belt have delayed corn and soybean planting operations, especially across central and eastern portions of the region, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's weather service.

Over the next six to 10 days there will be above-normal precipitation in the Southeast, the northern and central plains and the upper Midwest, according to AgWeb.com

On the plains, scattered showers and colder-than-normal conditions continue to hamper summer crop planting and emergence across northern portions of the region, including the Dakotas.

Across the South, warm, humid, showery conditions are limiting fieldwork, although some summer crop planting is happening in the southern Atlantic states.

On Florida’s peninsula, daily showers are providing limited relief from a long-term drought, while drought conditions persist in parts of the West.

In Indiana, only 11-percent of the state's corn crop had been planted as of last Sunday, according to Indianasnewscenter.com.

Meanwhile, Indiana state police were reminding motorists to use caution because of slow-moving farm equipment on the roads.

Officals are telling drivers to be patient - farmers will move to the side of the road when it is safe.
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