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By Adam Clay

A short corn field gives evidence of recent flooding of fields near Hiawatha. Most crops were in late, or are just now getting in.

A report issued this week from the National Agricultural Statistics Services told Kansans what many local farmers already know — planting is behind schedule.

Higher than average late April and May precipitation led to flooded rivers and fields in Northeast Kansas, which has many local farmers scrambling to get the last of their planting done at a late stage in the spring.

The report showed just under half of the state’s soybeans have been planted, which is around 20 percent lower than average at this point, while corn is running at about 89 percent down from the 97 percent average at this time in June.

Brown County Extension Director Matt Young said in the local area, most of the corn was planted in a two week window in April, but with May’s rain keeping most farmers out of the field, anything planted after June 1 would be considered late.

As for soybeans, Young said not much early planting was done, but “in the last 10 days a good percentage of the soybean acreage has been planted.”

Projections are still up in the air according to Young.

“While both corn and soybeans got off to a slow start growing, and we saw some fields with poor stands and some that needed replanted…its hard to say what the effect on the final yields will be until we see what the rest of the summer brings weather-wise,” he said.

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