Rainfall slows planting progress for many in Indiana

A technical agronomist based in central Indiana says the wet spring has prevented many farmers in his area from getting a good start on planting.

David Cosgray with DEKALB/Asgrow says progress has been sporadic, at best. “You can look around and find a few planters knocking an 80 or a 40-acre field out,” he says.  “Something where they can find some good soil conditions and get things started and make sure all the kinks are worked out of the planner.”

He tells Brownfield the rains were needed.  “But, it would be nice to miss a few,” he says.  “You hate to say to miss a few rains already, but it’d be nice to have a couple of weeks here in late April to early May to get stuff on the ground.”

Cosgray says soil conditions are wet, and he’s encouraging farmers to practice patience this spring. “We get one time to do it right every year and I want to make sure when we put it in the ground, it’s in the right conditions,” he says.  “We don’t know what Mother Nature is going to have in store for the rest of the growing season. So, we want to make sure those seedlings get off to a great start, make sure we have the optimum population.”

He says he doesn’t expect field conditions to improve until early next week – and when more rain enters the forecast.

AUDIO: David Cosgray, Indiana

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