Farmers Late Planting Corn and Cotton Due to Recent Moisture

By: Jessica Leicht Email
By: Jessica Leicht Email

The surface area of the earth is about 197 million square miles.
Houston County makes up just 582 miles of that land.

"Well I was up in a plane earlier this morning and the earth is very beautiful. God made a great creation, what we need to do is take care of our earth, take care of our soil, take care of our water and our trees and conserve," Houston County Agronomist William Birdsong said.

Farmers are doing just that and always working to improve their techniques for water conservation and erosion prevention.

"What farmers are doing today is more conservation tillage though there's a great area for improvement we can have there,” Birdsong.

Mother Nature has shown Houston County a lot of rain in the past year, slowing farmers down.

Now that it's planting season a lot of the soil is too wet for farmers to get to work.

"With the challenges the farmers have endeared over the last 16 months have been very wet conditions this year we've continued that wet pattern," Birdsong said.

Farmers will need to try and conserve some of this moisture but they need to plant first.

"If we can get a good 14 day window of open dry weather, a lot of farmers can catch up," Birdsong said.

Once they do catch up, it'll be back to business as usual.

"Taking care of the earth is very important, farmers are stewards of the land and we need everyone to be that way as well," Birdsong said.

Kind of like farmers have to wait on the weather they're also still waiting on the rules and regulations of the new farm bill.

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