Midwestern farmers say it’s too early to worry, but a Southeastern farmer is concerned
Some weather forecasts point to a possible late spring. But two Midwestern farmers say it’s too early to fret about it.
Lindsay Greiner of Keota, Iowa says last spring was a good example of how quickly things can turn around.
“I think we even had snow in April last year and we were worried about, ‘Man, are we ever going to get in the field and plant’. And all of a sudden, the sun came out and it warmed up and the snow melted and fields dried and we got planted,” Greiner says. “So who knows what will happen.”
Southeast Nebraska farmer Dan Nerud says their to-do list will be longer than usual this spring, but he’s not worried about it.
“As people always say, we do get it done, it just might not be as quick as we want,” Nerud says.
But some farmers, especially in in the southeastern U.S., are concerned.
“We have wheat in fields right now that have been destroyed—they’re under water—so we’ve lost a lot of our wheat acres,” says Eric Maupin, who farms in the Mississippi Delta region of northwestern Tennessee. “We’re seeing flooding in areas that we haven’t seen it before, not this time of the year.”
Those farmers spoke with Brownfield at last week’s Commodity Classic in Orlando.