Planting behind schedule due to wet spring, experts say

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SPENCER COUNTY, Ind. (WEHT) – Sunny weather means it is finally time to get seeds in the ground.

Farmers across the Tri-State are working double-time to get their fields ready for planting.

According to experts, most farmers are behind schedule because of a wet spring.

The ground is drying out and you can see farmers across the Tri-State working their fields.

Nicholas Held with the Purdue Extension in Spencer County said it’s not panic time yet.

“The later we get in the planting season, the more potential you have for decreased yields at harvest time. I think the main concern right now is just there’s not been a lot planted at all at this point. But we’re still in the middle of May. There’s a lot of time left,” Held said.

Held said that in a normal year, farmers would already be in the middle of planting season by now.

So far, only about 6% of corn and 2% of soybeans have been planted statewide.

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(This story was originally published on May 16, 2019)

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