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Farmers say late season snow could delay planting season

Area farmers say this time of year rain or snow delays fieldwork.

Posted: Apr 2, 2018 11:20 PM

CORY, Ind. (WTHI) - The snow may be mostly melted now but the Wabash Valley had a significant snow storm on the first day of April.

Area farmers say this time of year rain or snow delays fieldwork.

"The moisture is more where we have a problem. Whether it's rain or snow they both pose problems with us getting out into the field and doing any sort of fieldwork so the only thing that changes between rain and snow is with snow we obviously have colder temperatures." farmer Dwight Ludwig says.

Ludwig says the snow is particularly troubling this time of year because it cools down the soil in the fields. Farmers typically like to be working the fields in early April.

"May is just around the corner you know we want to have a lot of seed in the ground then or at least be working at it by then so right now not getting to go out and do any sort of preparation to get the seed planted it's definitely setting us back," he says.

Now farmers say it's just a waiting game for the soil to warm up in their fields. Many across the region are just hoping the snow is finished.

"We like to see the soil temperatures at 50 degrees or higher. It always warms up sometime through the year so we kinda just have to wait on it and get through these late little pieces of winter that seem to just hang on to us so once we get to 50 degrees and have the ability to get out there with dry soils and everything then we'll get started" Ludwig says.

The snow has almost completely melted from last night. It was the most significant April snowfall the Wabash Valley has seen in quite some time.

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