Farmers Still Waiting

Farmers in Illinois are waiting for fields to dry before digging in. The only problem is, farmers want to be planting not discussing wet fields at this time of year.
Most farmers across the Midwest are facing the same problem- watching and waiting to plant fields.
“We’re all sitting on pins and needles waiting for it to dry out,” said Bob Nielsen, a Purdue University agronomy professor. Indiana is one state greatly affected by the weather. Some fear it is like 2008 when planting happened a month later than normal causing prices to increase greatly.
It also made the demand from overseas drop. The northern half of the corn belt left many fields unplanted, farmers dread the thought and are doing anything to assure that does not happen.
Some farmers even have work left from last fall due to the combination of late crops and wet weather. This caused one farmer to leave half the work he’d normally do after crop on top of planting for the spring.
“Things are stacking up on us pretty hard now,” he said as he thought about the 500-plus acres he plans to plant with corn.
Experts assure the Corn Belt is nowhere near the hazardous 2008. It is likely that more than a quarter of the expect $85 million-acre corn crop will come from Iowa to Ohio. It is an understandable fear that late crops risk missing out on crucial days to increase production.
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