Gearing Up for Planting: Growing delay concerns in the Midwest

Planting delays are becoming a great concern for producers, especially in the Midwest.

A farmer in Minnesota says it could be the second week of May before he can begin field work. That is due to still having about a foot of snow on the ground and he says road conditions are terrible.

However, this is not too far off track from last year when his corn was not in the ground until May 30th and beans were not in until June 10th. He says the crop was still excellent.

A farmer in Northeast Nebraska says they are in need of a heat wave to get planting underway.

While soils across the region have received needed moisture from ongoing winter weather, temperatures have not been warm enough. Right now there is still frost on the ground and soil temperatures are not getting above the average 54 degrees. These conditions are also similar to last year and farmers hope to get in the field in the next five weeks or so.

One Kansas farmer is getting in the fields today!

Zach Townsend out of Coffeyville shared this photo on Twitter of his farm getting ready to kick off planting season this afternoon. The trucks and the equipment look ready to go!


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