Dry conditions remain a concern for farmers

Brett Bachtle
Updated: April 29, 2021 06:07 PM
Created: April 29, 2021 04:38 PM

(ABC 6 News) - A few weeks into the 2021 planting season, dry conditions remain a concern for farmers across northern Iowa and southern Minnesota.

Jay Fritz farms several acres of land outside Plymouth. He has just a few fields left before he’s done planting for the season. Like many farmers this year, Fritz got an early start because of how dry his fields are.

"It’s good to get the crop in early because whenever you can get it in early, you got a better chance of getting a better crop," said Fritz.

However, just because he’s getting his farming done fast doesn’t mean it’s always favorable. Without any rain, the weather worries Fritz. He says this season is starting eerily similar to 2012 when farmers suffered a severe drought.

“It could turn into a 2012 again where the crop was really poor. It’s pretty similar, at least in our area. Farmers have to be optimists, or you can’t be a farmer,” Fritz said.

Despite the conditions, Fritz will continue to plant the same amount of corn and soybeans each year. It’s like playing a gambling game with his profits.

“There’s so many variables in farming. You take a lot of risk, and hopefully, you get a reward, but not every year you do,” said Fritz.

Fritz says it's just part of the job, but he wouldn’t have it any other way.

“You can’t give up. You have to keep pressing on,” Fritz said.

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