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Frozen Farming in The QCA


Some are saying the land it cold and wet. 

Others are optimistic.

Farmers have a lot of different attitudes on what this lingering cold weather means for this years crop. 

Matt DeBlock, who farms in Viola, IL, has been working the land for 15 years. 

He says farmers have been lucky when it comes to planting in the last couple years.

"We're probably a little apprehensive of this Spring because it is cold and wet. But considering we just had a hot and dry Summer, we'll take a little rain and colder weather."

During a normal year - April 15th is a target date for putting the crops in the ground 

But some are worried that may be a tough goal to hit - making a crop shortage - even bigger. 

And that could effect the wallets of consumers all over the QCA, from the grocery store to the fuel pump.

"The later you stretch the planting out, the later the corn is going to pollinate in July," says Farmer Phil Fuhr. "So you're yield potential begins to decline when you plant later."

But with advancements in field technology - farmers say people can rest assured that as soon as mother nature cooperates - they will be ready. 

"We can plant corn really fast," says Fuhr. " We can plant at all hours of the night. A lot of farmers are using satellite technology, making things faster."

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