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A farmer tills the soil Tuesday in a field north of Pennock. The unusually wet start to the spring is frustrating farmers across the Midwest who have so far been able to plant only a small amount of their corn crop. Tribune photo by Gary Miller

Wet spring taking a toll on Midwest farmers

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ST. LOUIS — John Reifsteck looks out at his muddy 1,800-acre central Illinois farm and wonders when he’ll get to plant.

Like so many other Midwest growers who were praying for rain during the recent drought, he’s now pining for enough sunshine and heat to dry out his soggy fields as the deadline approaches for deciding what he can even plant this year.

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