Rain keeps farmers out of field during planting season

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

Planting season for corn has begun but many farmers have yet to get seeds in the ground.

Corn planting season starts at the beginning of March.

“Corn is a determinant type plant and it doesn't have but just one chance to make and if it's really hot when the corn's trying to make, it hurts the yield. So, we try to get the corn in relatively early,” says Coffee County farmer Carl Sanders.

But Sanders spent Thursday building a cattle pen instead of planting seed.

That's because rain is keeping these fields very wet.

“It rains every other day. It was misting this morning,” says Sanders, “The fields are so wet that it'll actually bog the tractors down and you'll mess up the soil, the structure of the soil.”

Sanders says rain makes for good crops; they just need a few days of dry weather.

“We're three weeks behind probably on our normal field work, but if we can get some pretty weather we can catch up with some long days,” says Sanders.

For corn, farmers have until mid-April to get the seeds in the ground.

Planting season for cotton is in April and peanuts will go in the ground in May.

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