Replant a common theme in Upper Midwest

Replanting has been a common occurrence in wet areas of the Midwest.

Iowa State University Extension agronomist Angie Rieck-Hinz says frequent rains in the northern part of the state are causing problems.

“Wet conditions this spring caused planting timing to shift a little bit later than what we’ve seen the last few years (and) there’s been people who have replanted ponds and replanted ponds and replanted ponds a third time. And I think we’re probably past that at this point in time.”

She tells Brownfield farmers going back into saturated fields need to be cautious.

“Where we’ve had some flooded soils please be careful when you can get back in that field. Sometimes we get streambank erosion and stuff that undercuts those banks, so we get back out into those fields and next thing you know we’ve buried a tractor because there was nothing underneath what we were driving on.”

Rieck-Hinz says soil conditions should be physically assessed before entering a field.

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