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Frost Depth Could Delay Planting

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Reports of frost up to 50 inches deep could mean trouble for farmers across the Quad Cities Area this spring. Scott County Farm Bureau president, Mike Holst, says if cooler temperatures continue, the melting could delay to May. He says mid-April is the ideal planting time. Despite unpredictable weather, he says there are some things farmers can do now, mid-season.

"You just try to go through things that potentially could give you trouble when you're out in the field," he said.

Holst has been a farmer since the early 80's. He and his crops have experienced harsh winters in decades past.

"I guess we're going to learn something this year," he said. "In farming, you're pretty much at the mercy of mother nature."

However, in the recent past, planting has gone relatively as planned. This winter's frost depth could cost him yield, and force him to do the same work in a shorter amount of time.

"And everybody is a little bit anxious about that," he said.

It all depends on temperatures warming up in April. Meanwhile, he and his dad are focusing on preparing their equipment; getting it done now, instead of waiting for something to break in the precious summer days.

"It's just a realization that we need to be prepared as we can be," he said.

Much of the Quad Cities Area still has drought-like conditions, even though the ground is frozen. That doesn't mean there is a lot of moisture there. However, that could mean a quicker ground defrost for farmers this spring.


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