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Area Farmer On Track With Planting

April 23, 2014, 10:00 PM by Brady Mallory

Area Farmer On Track With Planting
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

It is planting season in KELOLAND. According to the federal crop and weather report, just one-percent of the state's corn crop has been planted. The rest of the country is at six-percent planted on average.

Despite a forecast of snow, lingering cold and high winds, strong enough to make our news cameras shaky, all is calm inside Bob Nielson's tractor.

"Kind of nice. You don't even need to steer. Just sit and relax," Nielson said.

He will spend plenty of time in this seat, filling his 2,000 acres of land with corn seed.  

"We're at least a little bit ahead of normal. Typically, it's the last week of April," Nielson said.

Which is a big improvement from last year, when farmers did not start planting until early May, because of the ice storm effects. Two years ago, farmers were working in early April. However, the unseasonably warm start to the season ended in a devastating drought. Nielson said the challenges this year are relatively minor.

"The soil temperature is still pretty cold. The calendar is telling us to plant, so we've got to get going at it," Nielson said.

The wind is so powerful; it is even blowing top soil off the fields and into ditches.

"You don't want to lose your top soil. That's what grows your crops," Nielson said.

However, no growing concern here. Coming from a long line of farmers, Nielson has seen it all, and he is not shaken up by any type of weather.

"Farming is kind of that way. You always got to be optimistic. Hope for the best," Nielson said.

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