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Rain Delays Planting Again

May 4, 2012, 6:00 PM by Erich Schaffhauser

Rain Delays Planting Again
GROTON, SD -

Rain is disrupting spring planting for the second weekend in a row. But farmers still have time to make up for the delay.

After months with little moisture, extra water is standing around in Brown County.  Any equipment used for planting is parked once again.

"Yeah, this'll set us back a little bit," Chad Johnson said.

Johnson farms south of Groton. Even with the delay, he's sitting pretty good as his corn is all planted. But he worked some very long days to make that happen. By the time fields dried out from last weekend's rain, he only had a few days before this weekend's started.

"Get done with chores in the morning and get back in my tractor and ran until 10:00 to sometimes way after midnight, you know, to try and finish with a field," Johnson said.

He's talked with farmers to the north and south of him who've faced more rain in recent weeks and are further delayed. But if you start comparing this year with last year, things aren't looking too bad.

"Last year, I mean we weren't even thinking about getting in the field at this time. So we've got some time for it to dry off and stuff," Johnson said.

As long as conditions dry up, Johnson figures most area farmers will be done with corn by the end of next week. If the rain holds off at least a couple more weeks, he figures he'll have all his planting done.

But even if rain doesn't allow that, he still has some room to weather more delays.

"Unless something really happens in the weather patterns that holds us out of the fields, I think everybody should be able to get everything in a timely manner hopefully this year," Johnson said.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, there are some places in the state that needed some rain. But Brown County and much of the northeast has enough.

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