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Sunday, April 29, 2012

Too Much Rain

One of the wettest areas

Average looking wetness

Earlier Corn

Earliest corn. 
I took a short drive north of Hillsboro this afternoon just to see how wet the fields look.  NWS maps show as much as 4 inches of rain in this area.  Fields are very wet.  The earliest planted corn was planted the second week of March  It looks pretty good except for the wetness.  More rain is on the way.  It will be several days before we can soil sample and even longer until farmers are able to finish planting corn and move onto planting soybeans.

I have looked at lots of fields where corn has been slow to emerge.  Lots of farmers are considering replanting.  Most of the seedlings we dug up were alive and I advised people to be patient.  It looks like they have no choice on that issue now.  Wetness will not help emergence at this level of wetness. 

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