Crops catching up to five-year averages

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Although spring storms initially slowed spring planting progress in Iowa and Nebraska, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports farmers have nearly caught up to five-year averages in the past week.

Iowa farmers have 40 percent of the corn crop planted which is three days behind the average at this point in the season.

Farmers in Nebraska have 42 percent of the corn planted, near the 46 percent average.