Farmers remain behind schedule due to wet spring

WLFI News at 6 (05/14/19)

Posted: May 14, 2019 6:14 PM
Updated: May 14, 2019 6:14 PM

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3 u.s. department of agriculture statistics show just six-percent of indiana's corn crop was planted as of may 12, which is far below the five-year average news 18's balint szalavari spoke with local farmers today to see how much of an impact the wet spring has had. 3<balint: "we saw the sun and warmer temperatures return today, but it's due to standing water in fields like the one behind me as to why farmers still aren't out." gilbert: "it is absolutely saturated." equipment on gilbert farms remains at the ready as owner greg gilbert waits on field conditions to improve."if you went out there today, even if you could traverse the field, the subsoil is just so saturated that the sidewall compaction is going to drastically reduce your yield." nationally, usda statistics show 30-percent of the corn crop was in the ground by last sunday.this is significantly lower than the 59% reported last year.gilbert has already planted around 150 acres within the past few weeks.but says the wet spring has caused major setbacks. gilbert: "right now, we're on 40 days of delay." april's rainfall total was more than an inch and a half above average for lafayette may has already seen more than an inch of total rain to date. according to silverthorn farms owner nate parks, the rain is also bringing more pests. parks: "the striped cucumber beetles is one of our really challenging and they're already coming in. so when you have plants that are distressed and under that situation they're just more prone to disease and pest pressure." silverthorn grows organic vegetables, many of which are grown in greenhouses. but the rain has still put yields back two to three weeks. parks: "it's going to be costly. in the fifteen to twenty thousandollar range at this point of lost sales just because we're not able to get the crops out." while days have been lost, gilbert remains hopeful.gilbert: "i think we're still okay there. i'm fairly optimistic that we'll still have a good growing season." balint: "with more warm temperatures and more sun in the forecast gilbert says he's hopeful that that'll help dry out the fields he over the next few days and be able to get back out on the fields. reporting in tippecanoe county, balint szalavari,
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