Cool weather’s causing problems with one of Iowa’s top crops. The State Agriculture Department’s weekly report on crop progress shows soybean planting is ahead of schedule — with 84-percent planted compared to the average of 76-percent for this time of year. There’s a problem, though, with those beans already in the ground; the cold weather has kept them from sprouting. The report says a nearly average 76-percent of the corn plants have popped out of the ground, continuing to grow despite the cold. Some farmers in northern Iowa have had to re-plant their corn due to poor emergence. Both corn and soybean farmers are reporting some problems with rootworms and bean leaf beetles.
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