Wet Weather Sets Back Planting for Farmers (VIDEO)

By Stephanie Parkinson

May 3, 2013 Updated May 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM EST

WOODBURN, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) - Farmers are normally already in their fields by now but heavy rains are being blamed for pushing planting back.

Roger Hadley runs a farm in Woodburn. He says this year is the complete opposite for farmers in Northeast Indiana. He says last year he planted in early April because the weather was warm, but then there was a drought. And the drought hurt many crops.

Hadley says late April is the prime time to plant but also says he thinks farmers will be able to get in the fields soon.

"Idealistically this is what you would call the prime planting time right now. It's when you want corn going in the ground. The ground has just got warm enough. The ground conditions are, if we stay dry will just be getting right,” said Roger Hadley.

What Roger is hoping for now is the weather to stay dry.

"If we can get stuff done in May idealistically we haven't lost more than maybe one for two percent of corn, maximum yield, maximum potential you can get. Soybeans, typically your ideal time is that middle of May to first part of June,” said Hadley. “I'd like to have an extra month to have stuff in and watch it grow but we're not hurting yet per se other that our time schedule.”

Hadley says about two and half weeks of dry weather is exactly what farmers need so they can plant this month. He is hoping farmers will be able to get in their fields early next week.




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