Muddy fields await planting, but wheat crop looks strong

2017-05-11T12:00:00Z Muddy fields await planting, but wheat crop looks strongBy Nat Williams, Illinois Farmer Today Illinois Farmer Today

WATERLOO, Ill. — Many farmers around here are playing a waiting game. Joann Hartman is one of them.

“Everybody is just waiting to see if the rain’s going to stop and the ground’s going to dry out,” she said on May 4. “A lot of people are sitting still.”

Hartman has most of the corn in the ground on her Southwest Illinois farm. Some may need replanting.

“We’ve got the majority of our corn planted,” said Hartman, who farms in Monroe County. “Beyond that, nothing.”

Some of it, especially acreage in the Mississippi River bottoms, is under water and may require replanting.

“We’ve got about 150 acres not planted. The rest of it is,” Hartman said. “It’s pretty well starting to come up. The corn planted in the hills doesn’t look too bad.”

Muddy soybean fields awaited planting.

One bright spot is the winter wheat crop. Hartman said it looks pretty good.

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