Rain puts off corn planting but eases drought

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Corn crop plantings remain in the single digits due to cold and wet weather throughout much of the country, USDA officials say. But the rain has been rapidly shrinking the area affected by drought conditions.

MDA Weather Services meteorologist Don Keeney told Reuters that as of April 13, the drought had ended in the eastern two-thirds of the Midwest. An additional 2 to 4 inches of rain were needed in Nebraska and Kansas to end the drought there.

According to the Drought Monitor report, the hard-hit Plains region was experiencing a bit of relief. Currently, 73 percent of the region is in severe to exceptional drought, down from 81 percent a week earlier, the report says.

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