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    ...FREEZE WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO 8 AM CDT SATURDAY...
    Effective: April 20, 2024 @ 12:00am
    Expires: April 20, 2024 @ 8:00am
    WHAT
    Temperatures in the lower 30s.
    WHERE
    In Illinois, Bureau, Putnam, Henry IL, Mercer, Rock Island, and Whiteside Counties. In Iowa, Muscatine, Scott, Henry IA, and Louisa Counties.
    WHEN
    From midnight tonight to 8 AM CDT Saturday.
    IMPACTS
    Frost and freeze conditions could kill crops, other sensitive vegetation and possibly damage unprotected outdoor plumbing.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
    Take steps now to protect tender plants from the cold.

USDA: corn acres down, soybeans up in 2024

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The USDA expects farmers to plant fewer acres of corn and more acres of soybeans in 2024.

Corn planted area is projected at 90.036 million acres, at the low end of pre-report guesses and 5% less than 2023, with acreage steady to lower in 38 of the 48 states used in the estimation.

That includes potentially the lowest expected planted area in Iowa since 2006 and the highest for Minnesota since 1958.

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