Farmers start planting after rain delay

By Alyssa Donovan

May 13, 2013 Updated May 13, 2013 at 9:48 PM CDT

Sunny skies brought farmers out to their fields on Monday to try and catch up after the flood waters and heavy rain caused a delay in planting season.

Local Farmer Carl Neubauer said, “Typically we like to plant corn starting around April 20th or 25th and now we're past May 10th and we have no corn in the ground to date. We hope to start maybe today or tomorrow. So we're about 3 weeks behind schedule at that point."

At this time last year corn planting in Illinois was at 94% and right now it's at 17%.

Neubauer says at this point it's hard to tell if there will be any yield penalties. “It all depends on how our season turns out in July and August. If we have fairly warmer weather and not extremely hot conditions we may take no yield penalty. Conversely if we have a very hot summer the late start may hurt us."

Farmers that are just getting out into fields that are still damp may have to do their tilling twice.

But farmer Mike Hawkins says they can't wait any longer for ideal planting conditions, they just have to make it work.

Hawkins said, “You're going to have to go around wet spots it's hit and miss with where you can go. But it's getting late so we got to get some of it done."

Hawkins says with the late start harvesting will be pushed back to late September and early October.

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