Indiana Farmers Plant Corn, Soybeans At Record Pace

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Indiana farmers are making record progress planting the state's corn and soybean crops thanks to warm, dry weather that's been ideal for planting.

As of last week, farmers had planted 56 percent of the state's intended corn crop and 12 percent of the soybean crop. Both are records for late April.

The weekly crop report from Purdue University says weekend rains helped alleviate dry topsoil conditions in some areas and will help crops emerge.

The report said 53 percent of the corn crop had been planted in the north, 63 percent in the central region and 51 percent in the south.

That's a big difference from last year, when cool, wet weather had allowed farmers to plant only about 2 percent of Indiana's corn crop by late April.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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