MONROE COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) -- Ben Harlow is a little anxious right now. He's ready to get seeds in the ground.
"Winter doesn't seem to want to go away. The groundhog was wrong. It's supposed to be an early spring. It has not happened. We're not late. The weather forecast doesn't look like spring is coming any time soon, so we would like to be planting now," Harlow said.
This time last year was a different story.
The early spring enabled farmers to hit the ground running. Corn was already on its way in late March, 2012.
"It actually really was an exceptional year from the beginning to the end. It was some record-breaking crop yields there, so it might be a year we might not see again for a while," MSU Extension Service Agent B.J. McClenton said.
Until the soil warms to 55 degrees, Harlow and other farmers will prep fields.
More rain will force machinery out.
"Trying to do some herbicide applications, but even with the windy weather we've been having lately, it's kind of putting a hold on those practices as well," McClenton added.
"We have all the chemicals out. All the weeds are sprayed and dying. We just need the weather. We just need the warm, sunny days," Harlow added.