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  • FILE - In this April 15, 2014 file photo, central Illinois corn and soybean farmer Garry Niemeyer inspects the soil temperature and the sprouting of corn seeds he planted earlier as a test in Auburn, Ill. Many central Illinois farmer still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds. It's a scenario playing out across much of the nation's corn belt, where efforts by farmers to get their crops in the ground still are sputtering _ similar to last year, when one of the wettest springs on record got farmers in many states off to the slowest start in decades. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

    Spring corn planting still sputters in key states

    At a time most years when farmers would be in full swing of planting corn, Stanley Blunier and most other growers near his central Illinois farm still hadn't begun the annual ritual on Tuesday because fields simply are too wet or too cold to be receptive to fragile seeds.

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  • "I don't know if I'd say this is discouraging. I'm a farmer and know we're at the mercy of the weather, so we deal with whatever the good Lord gives us," he added. "It'll turn around eventually, and when it does a lot of corn will be put in the ground in a hurry."

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  • "There are a few guys out nosing around in their fields, planting, but there's nothing very serious yet here," said Blunier, 62. "I'd be lying if I didn't say I'd like to be planting, and if everyone could do what they wanted we'd all be doing it."

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