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Cold, Rain Cause Planting Delay

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The cold and rainy weather conditions are catching the blame for putting some farmers  behind schedule with planting their crops. One farmer says today was a good day to catch up.

"The cold, wet soils have just dried out and warmed up enough for us today to get rolling again," said Matt DeBlock, who is a farmer in Aledo.

For the past two weeks farmer Matt DeBlock hasn't been able to plant his crops. He blames it on the weather.

"It's not ideal to plant a corn crop ahead of a rain spell and that's what we had, " said DeBlock. "55 degrees is what it takes to germinate a corn seed. and we were in the mid the upper 40's for soil temps and relatively wet."

According to DeBlock, those temperatures aren't desirable for any farmer. So far, he's only been able to plant on twenty percent of his land.

"20 percent  maybe isn't ideal but last year the bulk of our corn was planted the week before memorial day with that in hindsight we still have good potential at this point," said DeBlock.

Deblock says he plans to work long hours and days to get all of his seeds in the ground as quickly as possible.

"April 15th is much better than May 15, which is much better than June 15.  Anytime we can have the corn crop planting late April, early May that gives us the best shot at achieving maximum yield," said DeBlock. The higher the yield the greater the yield which is financially the best scenario"
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