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SPRING WEATHER: Farmers Wait For Mother Nature

Posted on: 4:06 pm, March 20, 2013, by , updated on: 06:45pm, March 20, 2013

Although Wednesday marks the first official day of spring, it sure doesn’t feel like it.

The chilly temps haven’t allowed the ground to thaw causing farmers to push back work that had already gotten under way last year at this time.

“Weather has not really been our friend in terms of getting a lot of things done,” says Pleasantville Farmer Dave Van Rheenen.

Wednesday, farmers met in Monroe to visit with seed dealers and to place orders.

“If it`s available for an opportunity to deliver some seed will deliver it as early as February,” says Channel Seed Dealer A.J. Greer.

However, this is late March and many farmers, like Van Rheenen are now just starting to buy seed, seed that is still at least two weeks from being delivered.

“This year we haven`t turned a tap as they say on the farm, we`ve gotten some machinery out and gotten it ready in the shop but as far as actual field work is concerned it hasn`t happened,” says Van Rheenen.

Something else also has farmers concerned, it’s hardly rained enough.  Van Rheenen says at his Pleasantville farm, he’s still 15 inches of rain below normal.

“We`ve got crop insurance in place and we`re hoping we don`t collect, but you`ve got to cover all your bases and this year we`re going in considerably drier than we did last year,” says Van Rheenen.

That’s why farmers aren’t just waiting to buy seed, they’re buying different seed that can stand up to the drought.

“With the heat and dryness that we had last year, with some seed treatments there is more awareness in some special seed treatments,” says Geer.

Geer says many farmers are turning to a more drought resistant seeds for the upcoming crop.

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