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COLUMBIA CITY â€” â€śThe weather needs to change.â€ť
Kent Hoffman expressed a mutual feeling of most of his fellow crop growers after a week of flooding and cool temperatures.
Hoffman, a Whitley County farmer of 2,800 acres, is suffering the effects of the areaâ€™s wicked weather conditions.
â€śThe large amount of water has caused erosion, which means extra field work is going to have to be done to get them ready to plant,â€ť Hoffman said.
This is a totally different story than last planting season, when temperatures began to warm up in February.
â€śI made hay in the first week of April and had corn planted in April last year,â€ť farmer Brad Ferrell said. â€śIf we receive much more rain, it could push us back one more week.â€ť
While the window of opportunity for planting corn and soybeans is still open, the gap is closing quickly for prime seed-sowing conditions.
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