BELLEVILLE (WKOW) – Farmers are hoping to take advantage of the next few dry days to get all their crops planted. Sunburst Dairy farmer Cory Brown is finally able to check out his fields after six days straight of heavy rain.
The prognosis is inconvenient, to say the least. He explains, "We have one field we call the ‘ten minute field,’ because we have about ten minutes in the year to plant and harvest it."
That’s all due to standing water on parts of his property, pushing back the start time of the growing year. Even just a couple week’s delay of the planting season can really hurt a farmer’s bottom line when it comes time to harvest.
Brown says, "Every day that’s delayed in planting a crop, it reduces the potential yield of that crop." That means less feed for his dairy cows. Brown figures he could lose up to $7,000 for every day his corn fields aren’t fully planted this month.
But he says he’ll finally be able to play catch up after the fields dry out by Friday, "It’s not so much the total amount of rain that’s hampered us, it’s the timing of the rains."
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the amount of corn planted in Wisconsin is down 13% compared to this time last year. Meanwhile, soy bean planting is around the same amount.