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Kandiyohi County and neighboring counties have not received the heavy rains that have caused problems in some southern counties in the state, but the rains Tuesday caused ponding in this field on the outskirts of Willmar. Tribune photo by Tom Cherveny

Frustrated farmers face tough decisions


DES MOINES, Iowa — It’s decision time for many Midwest corn farmers stuck in one of the wettest springs ever: Plant late in ground that’s been too wet, replant corn in muddy fields or collect crop insurance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture said 91 percent of the nation’s corn crop is in the ground but just 74 percent of the plants have emerged. But some states — leading corn producer Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri and North Dakota — are much further behind.

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