April’s cold and snow shouldn’t worry farmers yet

April’s cold and snow shouldn’t worry farmers yet

Stubbornly cold temperatures and winter storms affecting much of Iowa this spring shouldn’t cause undue alarm for farmers anxious to begin planting, according to an Iowa State University (ISU) agronomist.

Mark Licht, an ISU assistant professor of agronomy, said Iowa farmers can scale up their planting in a hurry, planting between 1 million and 1.5 million acres a day across the state when operating at full capacity. That means there’s still time for most farmers to get virtually all of their corn and soybeans planted before the optimal window closes for each crop, Licht said, even with this month’s temperatures...

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