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Wet ground makes planting difficult for farmers

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By: Sabrina Ahmed

Never a dull moment for Nebraska farmers.  Last year, was the drought.  This year, a lot of rain.

Farmers are not complaining, but last summer and this summer couldn't be more different.  Right now, it's been too wet to plant!

"To be involved in agriculture, you have to be an optimist," Farmer Todd Reed said.

All Reed can do is hope for the best this season.  So far, the rain we've been getting in eastern Nebraska is a good thing!

"We've been very thankful for the moisture so far this year, the downside of that is we haven't been able to get in the fields and plant because it's been this wet," Reed said.

Planting is behind this year because of this around the state.  Nebraska Ag statistics say, as of Monday, 14 percent of corn had been planted in the state.  By this time, there should be more than 50 percent.

Reed said the ideal planting day is usually about April 15th.  If we sandwiched last year and this year together, farmers would be in great shape!

"Last year, there were guys starting to plant the 30th of March and this year we were barely able to get in the fields by the 30th of April," Reed said.

So far, Reed said farmers don't need to worry too much.  If the weather behaves for the next week or so, they'll be in good shape.

"We're not really too late in the calendar yet.  If we do get a whole lot later, it could have an affect on yield potential," he said.

Despite the late start, the US Department of Agriculture is projecting higher yields this year because farmers are  planting more seed.

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