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Published May 11, 2010, 01:47 PM

Lower temperatures could mean replanting in Iowa

MASON CITY, Iowa — Cold weather across Iowa could mean some farmers may have to replant corn and soybeans in one of the earliest planting seasons in memory.

MASON CITY, Iowa — Cold weather across Iowa could mean some farmers may have to replant corn and soybeans in one of the earliest planting seasons in memory.

Iowa State University agronomist Roger Elmore says the concern is not so much last weekend’s below-freezing temperatures, but the chilly, wet weather on Monday and during the rest of the week.

As of Monday, 93 percent of state’s corn crop and 48 percent of soybean acres were planted, which is well above the average.

John Holmes of Iowa State University Extension says farmers will need to watch for seedling disease. He says damaged corn would appear “burned” and dead above the surface, but that doesn’t mean the plant is dead.

Farmers will have to wait until warmer weather to see if they’ll need to replant.

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