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Farmers behind in planting

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It's been a very cold spring and farmers are a little behind in planting right now. 
Just how far behind are they during this planting season?  We caught up with Purdue Extension educators who say Elkhart County's fields are only about 10 percent planted.    That's usually at around 20 percent by the first week in May.   Many have felt the soil is just too cold.  Jeff Burbrink says many of them are getting out there this week and have the equipment to make it up pretty quickly.  But there are new concerns about the condition of the top-soil.

Jeff Burbrink, Purdue Extension Educator says: "One of the challenges right now is, in some places in the county, it's getting very dry. The winds that we've had in recent days, have really dried out the topsoil quite a bit. In fact, we're seeing a lot of dust coming off a lot of fields and that dust will drift for miles."

Burbrink says farmers will also have to watch out for certain insects and diseases related to cold weather and cold soil.



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