A ear of corn from last year's harvest lies in a wet field on a farm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, near Carlisle, Iowa. The USDA's weekly crop progress report showed that just 12 percent of th

 

              A ear of corn from last year
A ear of corn from last year's harvest lies in a wet field on a farm, Tuesday, May 7, 2013, near Carlisle, Iowa. The USDA's weekly crop progress report showed that just 12 percent of the nation's cornfields have been sown, about one-fourth of the typical pace over the past five years. The numbers have been even worse in the biggest corn-producing state, Iowa, where only 8 percent of the corn crop is in the ground, down from 62 percent the same time last year. The USDA says it's the slowest planting pace since 1995 in Iowa, which was socked by a snowstorm last week. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)