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Frozen Ground Threatens to Delay Planting in U.S. North

Frozen ground and snowpack threaten to delay corn planting in the northern U.S., while a lack of rain in California means drought conditions there will persist and the odds of wildfires will rise, forecasters said.

Snow still covers many fields from Minnesota to Michigan, and in some places frost reaches down 5 or 6 feet (1.5 to 1.8 meters) into the soil, said Brad Rippey, a U.S. Department of Agriculture meteorologist in Washington.