FARM FORECAST: Farmers Itching To Plant
Last year at this time many Iowa farmers were already out the fields.
Not this year.
Mark Kenney’s trying to stay busy, “getting our equipment ready to go, checking things over.”
Whatever he can do to keep his mind off of what he wants to be doing right now.
Kenney says farmers, “We like to get out get going and get stuff done.”
But the soil’s not ready for the corn quite yet.
Kenney says he’s likely going to have to wait another 7 to 10 days, “we need about 10 to 15 degrees more warming in the soil and then a trend that looks like it’s going to continue up
Besides waiting for the right temperature moisture is another big concern.
Kenney says his fields went from mud to dry dirt in just a day. “That subsoil moisture down in 2, 3, 4 feet is really depleted at this point. We didn`t recharge it at all a year ago and of course over the winter time with some moisture the ground was froze, it didn`t penetrate into the soil,” he explains.
David Miller Director of research for the Iowa Farm Bureau says coming off a dry year has farmers all over the state feeling very apprehensive. They know they need to plan ahead, but at this point there is only so much they can do.
The Iowa Bureau says some farmers are already in the fields, prepping for planting.
Kenney plans to get his corn in the field by April 25th.