ST. LOUIS (May 7, 2013)--Farmers in the nation's breadbasket who were praying for an end to a withering drought not long ago are now praying for enough sunshine and heat to dry their muddy fields in time to plant corn and other crops.
Just 12 percent of the nation's cornfields have been planted, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said.
That's about a quarter of the amount farmers had planted by this point in the season over the last five years.
In Iowa, which is the nation's biggest corn producer, only 8 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, down from 62 percent at this point last year.
Farmer John Reifsteck says if he has to wait much longer, he may have to plant less corn on his 1,800-acre central Illinois farm.