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Cold Temperatures Leave Farmers Waiting to Plant

Posted at: 04/09/2013 5:18 PM
Updated at: 04/09/2013 5:22 PM
By: Brianna Long

(ABC 6 News) -- These below-average temperatures and wet fields are having an impact on local farmers. That's especially true when you compare this year to last year.

April showers usually bring May flowers. But this week, they're bringing are farmers wet fields, and a delayed planting season.

"We're at mother nature's mercy. So whatever she says goes," said Ryan Buck, the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association.

If this were last year, Buck would be just two days away from planting corn on the family farm in Goodhue. This year, he's at least two weeks away.

"It's a big difference what a year makes," said Buck.

He says last year was great; but it was also a fluke.

"As far as being on track, or behind; this is kind of a normal year, really," said Buck.

"Last year our crops were really good. It's one of the best crops we've ever had, so we were lucky," said Steve Carlson, Buck's father-in-law and fellow farmer.     

This year, it's just a lot of waiting and watching the weather.

"I guess if we're not planting by the first of May, people will start to get pretty excited I think," said Carlson.

"Right now, we're pretty calm. Talk to me in a couple weeks and we'll see," said Buck.

Buck says he would rather wait to put the seeds in the ground, if it means the rain will keep coming. He says any little bit helps when we're in a drought.