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Local farmers behind schedule due to rain

Local farmers behind schedule due to rain

By JOE LOFARO
Special to The Press
Local farmers are having to spend more this spring for corn seed, chemicals and nitrogen because of all the rain, Weakley County Agriculture Extension Agent Jeff Lannom said.
Compared to a year ago, farmers have received about 13 more inches of rain during April and May, Lannom said.
“Normally we get about 10 inches of rain in April and May,” Lannom said. “We have had about 16.5 inches this year compared to about 3.5 inches last year.”
Lannom said some farmers have had to replant their corn, while others have to use extra chemicals to kill the weeds. “The rain has diluted the chemicals, and some farmers need extra nitrogen in the soil.
“So far, this has been a pricey crop year,” Lannom said. “This has definitely been a different spring. It’s a complete opposite of last year. We get a few days open to work in the fields and then we get rained out for a few days.”
A year ago local farmers suffered from the lack of rain.
The rain has left local farmers behind. The wheat harvest is expected in about 10 days, soybeans need to be planted and some are faced with replanting corn.
“Farmers are a little behind this spring,” Lannom said. “Usually all the corn is planted by June.”

(Published in The Press on 6/4/2013)

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