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Many farmers enjoying the wet weather before planting begins


With the recent rainy weather, you might not want to go outside. This weather is also keeping farmers out of their field.

April 15 is usually the start of planting season. However, with a rainy and snowy start to spring, many are unable to put their seed the ground. 

Although things might not look so good now, one ag expert says it won't take much to get things back on track

"We just need a couple, maybe 5-10 days of good, drying weather and typically that happens, you know. Two years ago, we had a repeat of this kind of weather and everything turned out okay," said Paul Kassel, field agronomist for the ISU extension office in Clay County.

Last year's drought left many farmer's skeptical about this year. Because of that, some bought hybrid seeds that could be planted early to take advantage of early spring rains and withstand a possible drought later on.

Everywhere agronomist Josh Baker looks in this warehouse, he'll find seed for planting season. That normally starts in the middle of April, but last year's warm temperatures kicked things off earlier than usual.

"That makes a difference as far as what we remember. You know we always have a better remembrance of what happened last year at this time," said Baker, an agronomist for the Farmers Cooperative Society in Ireton.

While farmers are getting a little concerned about getting in the fields, Baker says the planting season isn't in danger yet. He says these seeds are likely still destined for the ground.

"A typical year, a normal year, it's probably not too far off," said Baker.

Right now, farmers are sticking with their original plans for the planting season, but things could change by May 15 as they consider some short-season hybrids for their fields.

Baker says fluctuating precipitation patterns are all right with farmers too, for now.

"It's well welcome. To get moisture and not to be able to plant on time, that's a trade-off that guys are going to take hands down," said Baker.

Even if the window gets tight, Baker says farmers will be able to take this and put into their fields in no time.  Baker says last year's drought caused a seed shortage, but he says with planting being delayed, it will allow more time to export seed from places like South America.

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