Flooding Delays Farmers from Planting

STATELINE (WIFR) -- Heavy rains are also taking a toll on Stateline farmers, who still haven't been able to get out into the fields to start planting. However, all these spring showers may turn out to be a gift in the long run.

“We're trying to get back to normal year, but it looks like a normally wet year right now." Larry Anderson has yet to plant any corn or soybean crops on his 15 hundred acres of land in Boone County because of cold temperatures. Now thanks to these heavy April showers and flooding he won’t' be able to anytime soon. "It will put us behind in another couple of weeks, you know if it keeps raining like this,” Anderson said.

Anderson says he'll start to lose crops if he doesn't start planting seeds before may 10th. "It’s going to be a short window trying to get everything done at once,” said Anderson. “In 35 years, I’ve never had to start a season this late to get a crop in the ground."

That's something roscoe farmer Gary Shedd has never had a problem with, until now. Part of his 1400 acres runs right into the Rock River, which is already flooded. Shedd says it'll be another month until he can plant a soybean seed. Even though flooding sets them back now, farmers like Anderson say it could help their crops later. "We need to at least replenish the sub moisture so that if it does get dry later this summer it'll help keep the crops ‘til it rains again.”

We're told such a late start in the planting season could mean a longer wait for local farmers' markets.

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