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Warmer weather spurs increased planting surge

The warmer weather of the past few days has finally brought about what area fields have needed for several weeks, significant warming. Lehman Feed Mill’s Jeff Lehman said that what was planted was sluggish in growing through chilly soil and ground has been slow to be prepared for planting because temperatures averaging nearly four degrees below normal for the first three weeks of May have slowed evaporation needed for farmers to get into fields. Lehman said that out of the past 21 days, 14 days have had temperatures below normal. One surprise has been that crops planted during a short break in the last week of April have emerged and appear to be healthy though a bit faded in color initially. “A lot of the crops planted before April 28, when the rainy period hit, have started to come through,” said Lehman. “There’s a fair amount of corn out there.” By this past Saturday morning, Lehman said that 65 to 70 percent of the corn has been planted and about 25 percen... Read More >