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.

Article Comments

Terre Haute
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 34° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 22°
Robinson
Broken Clouds
21° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 21°
Indianapolis
Overcast
25° wxIcon
Hi: 31° Lo: 19°
Feels Like: 18°
Rockville
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 22°
Casey
Clear
16° wxIcon
Hi: 32° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 16°
Brazil
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 20°
Feels Like: 22°
Marshall
Overcast
22° wxIcon
Hi: 33° Lo: 21°
Feels Like: 22°
Cold conditions and a sunny sky.
WTHI Planner
WTHI Temps
WTHI Radar

Latest Video

Image

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, slightly warmer. High: 34

Image

GBB South Put vs NC

Image

Crews respond to house fire in Vigo County

Image

How to beat the winter blues

Image

Garrett Sands Kindness Project to collect donations for prom dress giveaway

Image

MLK Youth Summit

Image

ISU hosts candlelight vigil

Image

ISU Students give back for MLK Day

Image

Wabash Valley teacher killed in crash

Image

Accident on US 41 involving tractor and car ties up traffic

WTHI Events