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Weather Delays Corn Planting Season

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Nebraska farmers are forced to take a step back in planting due to recent rain and snow hitting ground.

On average, corn in Nebraska is usually planted early to mid–April, however below normal temperatures and the lingering drought are delaying this year's start to the planting season.

Farmers say the soil is too wet to run a tractor and planter through the field. Soil temperature is a major factor farmers must also consider before getting this year's crop into ground.

"The soil temperature to plant corn is supposed to be around 50 degrees before corn will germinate. The last I heard, the soil is below 40 degrees so we still have a long way to go before the soil warms up enough to make it good for planting," said Joel Grams, a Nebraska farmer.

With delayed planting, farmers may also run into delayed harvesting in the fall, however even with a long way to go, they are remaining optimistic.

Grams said, "If we get into the ground here pretty soon I think everything will be fine. The later it goes it affects yields a little more then maybe some grain quality, but I still think we produce one of the highest grain quality in the world and it's sought after worldwide."

On a brighter note, subsoil moisture has been depleted from last year's drought so Grams said the recent rain makes it nice to go into the planting season with some moisture reserves.

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