Weather Delays Corn Planting

6 years 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, April 11 2013 Apr 11, 2013 Thursday, April 11, 2013 3:13:00 PM CDT April 11, 2013 in News
By: Cat Willbrand

COLUMBIA - Mid-Missouri farmers are still waiting for their chance to plant corn.  Recent cold weather and precipitation have created poor soil conditions for corn planting.  According to an MU Extension article, soil temperatures are well below the 13-year average. MU Extension cereal crops specialist Brent Myers says recent cold temperatures and precipitation will push planting time back even further.  

"We're probably about seven days out from getting back out into the field," Myers says.

Myers says farmers will wait until the soil dries out and warms up before they plant the corn seed.  He says the seed won't be able to germinate and sprout quickly in cold, moist soil, which can lead to fungi and disease. 

Myers says there's hope for the corn crop this year, though.  He says crop results won't be negatively affected unless corn planting is pushed back until June.

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