Cold, Rain Keep Crops Behind Schedule

Updated: 05/12/2014 6:17 PM
Created: 05/12/2014 6:14 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It's a scene that's become all too common, farm fields, filled with standing water. And we've reached that point now where if the corn hasn't been planted yet, there could be an impact on the other end of the growing season.

“We've got a couple more weeks to plant without a big yield reduction, but we are in the phase where yield is being reduced now," said Kirk Phelps at the Mower County FSA office.

“You start to consider your options this time of year, but probably for another couple weeks they'll probably stick with the plan and see how it goes. Somewhere around the first of June you have to start looking at shorter-season hybrids," Phelps said.

But wet soils are only part of the story.

"We need a lot of heat. The rain isn't really so troublesome, we have that every year. If we had plenty of heat we'd get rid of that to be able to plant," the FSAs Kirk Phelps told us.

One thing we haven't had this spring is a lot of heat.

"We're in a very cold year, so it probably won't make a lot of difference between planting date between today versus ten days ago at this point," Phelps said. “We are on a better planting pace than we were last year, which was a terrible pace for getting crops in the ground."

And there is corn in the ground: “We've had maybe three days that were pretty decent in most areas to plant, so that gets a substantial percentage of corn in the ground."

And there is a silver lining, even if farm fields are under water: “The subsoil actually needed a little recharge, which it's getting now. Which we'll like later in the year if it gets hot and dry," Kirk Phelps explained.