Rain Delays Crop Planting
The recent rainy weather has delayed crop schedules - some by about a month.
Fred Atkins says he's finally able to continue planting his corn field in Callaway County.
He has about 3,000 acres of farmland - divided evenly between corn, soybeans and wheat. Soybean can be planted later in the summer, said Missouri State Extension specialist Bill Wiebold. Atkins already planted his wheat, which struggled during the cold weather earlier this spring but is doing fine now.
"If we're lucky - if it doesn't rain - we'll be done by Saturday night," Atkins said. "We'll be smiling, ready to go out and party. Because we're going to hit it pretty hard. We'll probably run most of the night tonight and just try to get as much done as we can."
He is planting about a month later than he'd like because the recent rainfall kept him out of the fields.
"If you're on there when it's wet, it compacts and you just can't get rid of that. So it causes permanent damage," Wiebold said.
Atkins was glad he missed the rain other parts of the area saw this weekend, but rain in the last month might still cause problems. For example, Atkins' corn is more susceptible to drought when silting. He also hopes so much rain recently won't mean a dry summer.
"We're kinda nervous, but we've had so much rain, maybe we'll be lucky and keep getting rains throughout the summer," Atkins said. "And if we do, we should be able to have a pretty fair crop yet. I don't think we're in too bad of shape."
So Atkins will continue to walk the fine line between flood and drought to get this corn crop in.