Delayed planting and crop development are capturing the attention of many this year. Midwest Climate Hub Director Dennis Todey says with farmers attempting late planting, there will continue to be ongoing issues with the crop. “People put crops in the ground when it was too wet, which leads to compaction. That compaction can be limiting to root development and emergence,” says Todey. “The heavy rainfalls have caused crusting on the tops of soils, limiting soybeans from popping through. We also had bad weed issues. There are more issues in agriculture that will be ongoing this year. Todey also says there could be some periods of warmth moving forward, but outlooks don’t offer much optimism for corn development. “There are hints wetness could continue in the fall, exasperating the problem.”
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