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May 12, 2011MARYVILLE, MO |  By: Wayman

Spring Planting Update

Dry and windier weather during the past week has let regional farmers get a tremendous jump on corn planting.

The latest figures from the USDA says for corn, Missouri stands at 59% planted, Iowa 69%, Nebraska at 57 and Kansas 66% planted. This year's wet spring has been keeping producers behind in planting and the yield loss between early May and late May can be as much as 15%. Bill Wiebold is an agronomy expert with the University of Missouri and says late planting means stress in later development. Wiebold cautions against planting in damp fields, however, as soil compaction can damage the root system development, which can be deadly during the later hot and dry summer months.