Planting progress slow in area

Due to cool and damp conditions, very little progress has been made on spring planting in the Boone County area during April.

Temperatures were well below normal through the first three weeks of the month, with soil temperatures ranging from 44 to 47 degrees. Precipitation of one-half to three-quarters of an inch was recorded in most of the area.

Statewide, air temperatures averaged six to 12 degrees below normal for the week ending April 24. Corn planting was estimated at five percent complete, well behind last year’s 15 to 20 percent average. Cool soil conditions have kept corn from emerging.

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