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Weather delays planting for some farmers | KTIC Radio

Weather delays planting for some farmers

Cool temperatures and wet fields have many farmers wondering where Spring is in eastern Wyoming and across Nebraska.

Nationwide the corn crop is about three to four percent behind, said Joe Christopher, senior merchandiser at Crossroads Coop in Sidney, but it’s still very early.

“The real early guys who like to get out and do things haven’t been able to do that so we are a bit behind,” he said.

The market hasn’t reacted has reacted to a lot lately, but not yet to the delay. The reason Christopher said, is in the past, farmers have had little trouble in catching up, planting crops a lot faster than they used to with bigger equipment.

“Last year with planting spring wheat they made almost 40 percent progress in one week,” Christopher said. “So, I don’t think too many are worried, yet.”

While, the eastern part of Nebraska is typically beginning their planting, Western Nebraska because of the elevation usually plants later than the rest of the state.

With the corn and dry edible beans waiting to go into the ground the sugar beet crop is a bit behind in the west, as farmers typically start planting in early April.

“This year is a little bit different year, the ground temperature is a lot colder and it’s plenty chilly for beets right now over night,” said Kendall Bush, a sugar beet grower in Mitchell and president of the Nebraska Sugarbeet Growers Association.

Bush usually plants in early April, but this year has just recently been out in the fields. He adds it’s difficult with snow storms forecast practically every weekend.

Even as he plants his sugar beets, Bush is aware of the risks.

“We could still get a freeze at the end of April or first part of May,” he said. “Then we’d have to replant, but it could also warm up and stay above freezing.”

Most of the Valley’s sugar beet farmers are taking their time planting, hoping the ground will warm up soon. While the moisture over the past few weeks has been good the hope among farmers is when it does warm up it doesn’t get overly hot or dry.

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