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Window closing for spring corn planting

flooded corn field
flooded corn field

By Adam Allington, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Some farmers in Missouri and southern Illinois are running out of time to plant corn.

This spring's record precipitation has made planting waterlogged fields impossible in some areas.

Spring rains are proving to be too much of a good thing for most of the state.

Bill Wiebold works for the University of Missouri Agricultural Extension.

He says the window for planting corn is usually closed by the first week of June.

"We need some very good drying weather. With the way the rain patterns have been, where it would rain and then maybe a day or two of good weather, its just not enough to get the soil dry enough to plant corn," says Wiebold.

Farmers will have to decide to try planting corn or perhaps switch to soybeans sometime very soon.

The St. Louis region received another 4 inches of rainfall over the Memorial Day weekend, and that's on top of a 130-year record for spring precipitation.

Projections already call for lower yields, which could put further upward pressure on food prices.


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