The moisture is great, but the cold is growing old.
That's especially true for Kansas corn growers, who are anxious to get into the fields and get the 2013 crop in the ground, says Kansas Corn Commission Chair Mike Brzon.
"The soil needs the moisture but that and the cold weather is pushing our planting progress back on the calendar," Brzon says. "But forecasts show improving conditions for planting and we can plant a lot of corn in a short time."
Cold weather has delayed planting
As of Monday, only about 5% of the state's corn crop had been planted because of cold weather and continued rain and snow during most of last week.
The five-year average for this week regarding Kansas corn planting is 20% and last year at this time, the state's corn growers were ahead with 30% planted.
Last year's corn planting in Kansas, however, was extremely early. In 2012, 75% of the Kansas corn crop was in the ground by the first week of May. The five year average for the first of May for Kansas corn planting is around 50%.
In 2008, wet weather slowed corn planting in Kansas. Kansas farmers planted 45-percent of the corn crop, nearly 2 million acres, in the second and third weeks of May.
This year, warmer weather on the last weekend of April provided a good start to a spring warm-up that farmers are hoping means this week will be a busy one for planting.
"Believe me we are all ready to get into the fields," Brzon says." Given the chance, growers will take all the moisture we can get. It's a priority. But we're looking forward to warmer weather that will allow us to get our corn planted and off to a good start."
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