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Rainy spring keeps fields unplanted PDF Print E-mail
Written by KRISTYN HALBIG ZIEHM   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:29

Unseasonably wet, cold weather leaves area farmers wondering when they can begin annual ritual

    If it were an ideal spring, farmers would have roughly 10% of their corn planted by now, Ozaukee County Agriculture Agent Dan O’Neil said Tuesday.

    “If you could pick one day a year to plant your whole corn crop, it would be May 1,” O’Neil said.

    The soil temperature would be warm enough for planting, and the growing season would be just right for a maximum yield.

    But this spring is anything but ideal, O’Neil said.

    “I would expect that by May 1 we’ll be at zero corn planted,” he said.   

    “Normally, this is a time when we would probably have 50% of the spring grains planted. Most of the alfalfa would be planted, and 10% of the corn. We sure won’t be there this spring.”

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 18:31
 
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