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Wet spring leads to late plantings for farmers

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A farm is seen in the distance behind corn fields in Redkey, Indiana June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Brent Smith
A farm is seen in the distance behind corn fields in Redkey, Indiana June 28, 2012. REUTERS/Brent Smith

UNDATED (WRN)  A critical time is approaching for farmers in southern Wisconsin and continued wet conditions across the region could end up costing them money.

Following last year’s drought, Mike Powers with the state Department of Agriculture says many farmers were hoping for spring rains that would return moisture to the soil. However, he says they were not expecting conditions to be like this during the peak part of the planting season, where farmers are being forced to dodge thunderstorms and showers that stretch through the week and in to the weekends.

Powers says it’s rapidly approaching a point where delays of a week or two more in planting corn could cost farmers thousands of dollars a day. Some, he says, could switch to other crops if they have to wait much longer. Some areas in the region have seen almost double the rainfall that’s typical for this time of year.

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