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IA Sec. of Ag says wet conditions will impact crops

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Posted at 12:27 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 13:31:07-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig said the Iowa Crop Progress and Conditions report could mean a slow start to the planting season for farmers.

“This is the first Crop Progress and Conditions report of the season,” said Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig. “We know farmers are anxious to get in the field. While we are mindful of the impact flooding is having on portions of the state, we are hoping for favorable planting and growing conditions for our farmers this season.”

According to the report, wet conditions during the week ending March 31, 2019 prevented field activities across the state but some out-of-field activities were still able to be carried out.

It also said:

"There were a few reports of oats being planted. However, for the first time since 2013 less than 0.5 percent of the expected crop was planted by the end of March at the state level."