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Sweet Corn Might Not Be Ready for the 4th

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Some traditional July Fourth picnics may be missing a favorite menu item this year: sweet corn.
   Iowa's relatively cold, wet spring has delayed the plants' development.
   Farmer Ray Christenson, of Grimes, says he might have a few ears ready a day or two before Independence Day, but he says he's betting that most of his corn won't be ready until days later.
   Ron Deardorff, of Adel, says he planted on his normal schedule, but the low temperatures soon stopped the corn from sprouting as quickly as it would in warmer weather.
   He estimated his corn is "quite a ways behind, maybe a week or two."

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