A flip in weather changes prevent plant story

A farmer and market analyst in northeastern South Dakota says the prevent plant story has shifted slightly in the Northern Plains as field conditions improved.

A heavy snowpack and cool spring temperatures were common as spring began in the north, delaying spring planting and then, conditions started improving in May.

DuWayne Bosse says he started planting corn May 25, the final planting date.

“The conditions were still good in the fields and farmers wanted to plant the corn. Though prevent plant was an option, because it was wet enough in areas. If there would have been more rain, we would have taken the option.”

Bosse says the situation is not as bad as it could have been.

“I’ve talked to clients who are 800 acres short or 600 acres short,” he says. “We’ll be about 400 acres short and there will be prevent plant, but probably about normal.”

He is still planting soybeans as June begins, but says there’s still time to get soybeans planted before the final planting date of June 10.

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