Rain Delays Planting for Some Crop Farmers

Crop farmers are keeping an eye on the sky this week as they attempt to finish planting. The Indiana Farm Bureau estimates half of corn and soybean crops have been planted statewide. President Randy Kron says weather was ideal for most of April, but heavy rains at the end of the month, followed by cooler temperatures halted them in their tracks.

Some farmers have resumed planting, while others are still waiting for fields to dry out. The Indiana Farm Bureau notes fields with drainage tiles in place are less affected by the wet weather.

Another consideration is whether to replant sections of fields most affected by the rain. Most interviewed by the Indiana Farm Bureau are hoping for minimal losses. Factors like adjusting crop maturities due to later-than-anticipated planting are a consideration. Additionally some elite hybrid seeds preferred by farmers may not be available now.

Thunderstorms are possible in spots today and Saturday. From there cooler, drier weather is expected.