Wintry Snow Means Rich Soil for Farmers (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

March 26, 2013 Updated Mar 26, 2013 at 10:40 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – While the recent winter snow storms may have us feeling blue, farmers in our area are probably jumping for joy! That’s because the rain and snow we’ve been seeing will do wonders for this year’s crop production.

It may be too cold now to start planting crops such as corn or soybeans, but if temperatures stay where they are expected to be later this week it could put farming right back on schedule.

And as far as the droughts and mild winters of years past, you need not worry according to the Allen County Extension Office.

"As of right now the way I see it, we'll have adequate moisture,” says Gonzalee Martin, and Agricultural Agent and Educator in Allen County. “So the droughts of last year and the year before really won't, in my opinion, have that much of an effect because of the snow covers and small rains we've had this winter, the snows we've had this winter. They have really replenished the soil in terms of the moisture."

According to Martin, farmers will begin planting their crops once temperatures consistently stay in the 50’s which should be between the last week of April and early-to-mid May. And once corn is planted, soy beans tend to follow about 2 weeks later.

It’s hard to imagine temperatures staying in the 50’s just yet, but don’t worry. Indiana soil is usually very good at retaining moisture for extended periods of time. So what we’re seeing now in terms of precipitation will hold long enough for farming season.

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