Growers making up for lost time in planting corn

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Corn growers across the Midwest have made up for lost time in a big way from a slow start to planting season after a waterlogged spring.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 71% of the corn crop in key grain states is sowed. That's up from just 28% a week ago, though the pace remains behind the average of the previous five years of 79%.

Huge strides are being made in Iowa, where the 71% of the state's corn crop is in the ground is more than quadruple where it stood a week ago.

Three-quarters of Illinois' corn crop is sown, as is 70% of the crop in neighboring Missouri.

At this time last year, nearly all the corn crop had been planted.

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