Missouri corn planting pushed back by wet conditions
COLUMBIA (AP) - Wet conditions across Missouri have pushed corn planting back and could result in possible yield loss in the southern part of the state.
The University of Missouri Extension Service says the fieldwork outlook is dim for the rest of the week, with significant statewide rainfall expected to begin Friday.
Monday's USDA crop report says only 8 percent of Missouri corn is in the ground, compared with 24 percent at this time last year and the five-year average of 30 percent.
Crop specialist Bill Wiebold says wetness in southeastern Missouri could cause some yield loss for corn, but farmers in the central and northern parts of the state should be fine if their planting is finished by May 1.