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More early planting in 2013? Not likely, local farmers say


(WGEM) - At this time last year, many farmers were already in their fields planting.

But Dennis Dempsey, a farmer in Adams County, says this Spring is different. Dempsey has been farming for over 30 years and says last March was the earliest he has ever planted. Farmers usually start after April 1.

But this year, due to wet fields, snow melt and more rain in the forecast, they may have to wait even longer. Nevertheless, he says farmers are little more confident that yields will be better.

"Oh it's a dramatic improvement in soil moisture from where we were last year. These last snowfalls and last rains that we had is really helped to recharge the soil," Dempsey said. So we're maybe not a 100 percent recharged but we're in a lot better shape than we were last year at this time."

Last year was also the earliest Dempsey had ever harvested and he had the lowest yields due to the drought.

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