Farmers frustrated by continued cool, rainy weather
Black Hawk County farmer Vince McFadden
WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Snow, rain and flooding across the Midwest are making it tough for farmers to get into the fields for spring planting.
Many eastern Iowa farmers are about two weeks behind when they planted corn and beans last year.
And in farming, time is money. It's estimated that every week planting gets pushed back, farmers harvest a bushel less of their crops.
They're now just hoping the weather improves so planting can get underway.
"At the end of this week, we need at least three to four days of dry weather and wind before much will be done, and there's still many fields that are going to be ponded for another week or more," said Black Hawk County farmer Vince McFadden. "But if it keeps raining, it's going to be a long time before we're going to be able to turn any wheels."
USDA estimates from just a couple weeks ago predicted another record year for corn planting with the most acres since 1936.
But those numbers won't be reached if planting gets pushed into mid-May or beyond. So far, farm markets aren't reacting to planting delays.
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