Wet conditions affecting area farmers

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 5/23/2013 8:32 am
SHADY GROVE COMMUNITY, Miss. (WTVA) -- They say each time they get ready to plant, another round of showers pushes their planting back even further.
"It seems like weather systems are coming around about every five days which is preventing the land from drying completely up so the equipment can get in the fields and turn the soil and get crops planted on time," says Union County Extension Agent Stanley Wise.

He says in at least one field he showed us, corn would already be planted this time of year.
But, he says, with recent rains, the corn crop in Union County is done for the year.

"We're about ten percent planted of what we would normally have .  The optimum date for planting corn is April 20th. And we're past that date," Wise continued.

He also says that if conditions don't improve fairly soon soybean, a huge cash crop for many area farmers, could face the same fate.

"Most of the farmers, it'll take about three weeks to get that crop in the ground .  We want to get that crop in the ground by June 15th.  That's the last recommended date for soybeans in North Mississippi," said Wise.

The county agent says for some farmers, the problem to them is not so much the amount of rain but the frequency.

Wise says that if farmers can get about a ten-day stretch of dry weather, they can still get their soybeans in the ground and expect a good yield this year.

However, time is of the essence.

"The later we get planted, the later that pushes us into the summer which means it could be dryer conditions which could reduce the yield quite a bit," said Wise.

Ultimately, he says, that it's the consumer who will pay for the low yields at the grocery counter.

Wise says there is not much cotton planted in Union County, but he says that the last recommended day to plant cotton is May 25th.
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