Farmers waiting for better planting conditions

Rock County farmers may be itching to get into their fields, but a long cool and wet spring may be giving some "cause for pause". Rock County's UW-Extension Crops and Soils Agent Jim Stute says the calendar shows it's time to start planting corn, but he hasn't seen any real field work yet this year.

He says it's been too wet, and the soil temperature is a little too low. A few days of warm sunshine could make all the difference according to Stute, and that's just what's in the weather forecast. He adds, with the extended fall last year, many farmers have already put fertilizer on the fields, so a lot of planting could get done very quickly this spring.

On a bright note, after last summer's drought, soil moisture shouldn't be much of a worry.


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