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Weather prompts later planting season for farmers

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Farmers have been planting their crops. Farmers have been planting their crops.
Griesbaum said the weather pushed back some planting schedules. Griesbaum said the weather pushed back some planting schedules.
Roegge said the dry April has had an impact. Roegge said the dry April has had an impact.
The soil has been absorbing moisture quickly. The soil has been absorbing moisture quickly.
Farmers would like to see more rainfall moving forward. Farmers would like to see more rainfall moving forward.
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The timing in the change of seasons from winter to spring forced local farmers to plant their crop later than normal.

Adams County Farmer Mike Roegge said he was able to do work in his fields on Saturday, just two days after getting a half inch of rain.

"To do that in early May, that's probably not a good sign because it means the soil's very dry." Roegge said. "That soil just soaked up that little bit of rain we had on Thursday."

Over in Marion County, Missouri, farmer Ralph Griesbaum added that this year's weather did have an impact on planting schedules.

"We'll go along and see what fall brings but it did push planting back a little." Griesbaum said. "The markets have reflected that a little. There's probably more concern out there for the low commodity prices than there is the weather right now."

Both farmers said any additional rainfall could really help with their operations moving forward.

"The last time it rained was this past Thursday but prior to that we'd gone two and a half weeks without rain." Roegge said. "It's very unusual to have such a dry April, and on top of that we were extremely cold."

"We've had a lot of wind dry things out pretty quick." Griesbaum said. "So in the early spring, and from here on out through harvest we want adequate moisture."

They also added that the majority of corn has been planted in the region, and some farmers have even started planting soy beans as well.

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