Wet, Saturated Fields May Force Farmers To Re-plant
(Spencer) -- In the latest weekly crop condition report, more than half of the state's corn crop has been planted. However, after several days of rain and cooler temperatures, some agronomists believe that some farmers may be forced to re-plant some of those fields. Iowa State University Extension Crops Specialist Paul Kassel says there a several fields that are saturated and under water.
Kassel is based at Clay county in Spencer. He says a vast majority of the fields in his area are under water.
It is always advised to plant early to insure a full-season growing potential with the highest yields for corn, and corn planted after May 5th has been a date usually associated when corn yields begin to taper off, but Kassel doesn't believe farmers will see much of a yield loss, unless the wet conditions continue through past mid-May.
Kassel suggests farmers to use patience before rushing back into the fields. He says after the soggy conditions, it would be easy to have soil compaction which ultimately would prove to be even a worst scenario.