Wet spring slows planting
The photo above is typical of many fields throughout the region, as cool and wet conditions have left fields empty on many days when farmers would otherwise be planting.Don Knutdson says that he may be about 50 percent done getting his corn in the ground, and said the progress of others vary due to tiling, soil types and other factors, although he may be about average for the area.
“There are guys that haven’t started, and some are further ahead.” But, he noted, all are struggling with the weather to a certain degree.”You have been getting small windows of opportunity (this spring).”
While not yet at the critical point, he noted if this weather continues, we are getting close.
“They say after May 10, you lose a bushel a day. So, are we critical? No. But, we don’t have a lot of wiggle room.”