Midwest farmers bogged down in mud

DES MOINES — As spring rains soaked the central United States and helped conquer the historic drought, a new problem has sprouted: The fields have turned to mud.

The weekly drought monitor report, released Thursday by National Drought Mitigation Center, showed that the rain brought drought relief to the upper Midwest and central portions of the Plains. Farmers may be thankful the land is no longer parched, but it is too wet to plant in corn country, and freezing temperatures have ruined some of winter wheat crop in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas.

But just as better technology helped farmers harvest a big corn crop amid the drought, it could save them from a late season.