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KIMT NEWS 3 – Planting season is officially underway!
It’s a relief for area farmers, but there are still impacts of the weather on the planting process.
To say Doug Caffrey has been working hard is an understatement.
He said, “I got started planting yesterday afternoon finally. We found a field that was dry enough to go.”
Doug has planted 100 acres so far and is aiming to do even more work than that today. He says it’s about time.
Caffrey said, “Now we’re just getting started planting corn, so we’re behind by our prospective as farmers, as by planting date, we’re not so far behind.”
Last year’s drought, plus the snow MAYhem earlier this month, are adding up to some worry this year
But so far, so good.
Caffrey said, “We have adequate moisture, we’re in good shape now and now if she doesn’t shut us off again when we need more moisture to keep the crop going.”
Lots of farmers have been stopping by the Co-Op over the past few days. And site managers say they’re just as excited now that farmers are back out in their fields.
Five Star Co-Op Location Manager, Gene Toppin said, “It’s great, they’re going to be able to get a lot done this week.”
Gene says the late planting isn’t getting farmers down.
He said, “They’re pretty patient, they’ve been through this before, so they kind of realize if you get out there and work it too soon, it’s gonna hurt you.”
But he also says there could be some issues from the late start, especially if Mother Nature throws another curve ball.
Toppin said, “The corn will come in a little wetter, so we’ll have to dry it more so than we’ve had to in the past 2 -3 years. So revenue wise, it’ll be good for the elevator, but the customer will have to pay a little more drying expense.”
But for Doug, he’s just looking forward to getting another planting behind him.
He said. “It’ll depend on Mother Nature and what she’ll do with the moisture.”