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Fields are too wet for farmers wanting to plant


The wet, even flooded fields are quite a change for farmers from last year.

At this time last year most farmers already had their crops planted. It was earlier than usual, but drought conditions made it possible.

This year tells a different story. While this is more like typical April weather, it's way too wet for farmers to be in the fields.

Jeff Burbrink/Extension Educator Agriculture "It's probably best that they're not planting right now, it's just too wet to be planting. If you were to put the seed in the ground right now it would probably rot in place. So it's better to wait until the soil conditions are right before you get out there with equipment and plant," says Jeff Burbrink, Purdue Extension educator for agriculture.  

He says it's not crunch time yet. As long as farmers have their planting finished by May 10 then they will be in good shape.

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