Lake Preston, South Dakota farmer Paul Casper has about 400 acres of corn planted, but no soybeans in the ground. Therefore, Casper recently enrolled corn in prevent plant. “The longest day of the year is June 21 and then, they just get shorter,” he says. “We’ve missed 30 days of growing, and those 30 days will be important in the fall. Our window is really short now.” Casper says it was wet last year too, but there was a bigger planting window for farmers. “You go to work the ground and it just slabs up. You have to be careful because if it warms up, you’ll have marbles instead of dirt,” says Casper. “It doesn’t matter if the ground was worked last fall or not, it’s all saturated.”
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