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Area farmers late getting to work

Brian Thalmann expected he’d finish spring planting Monday afternoon. The calendar told the Plato-area farmer he was two to three weeks behind schedule, but Thalmann knew it would be done as soon as Mother Nature would allow.
A cold, wet spring has area farmers two to three weeks behind schedule and they know there’s nothing they could do to prevent it. All Thalmann and his agricultural compatriots can do is hope for a long, warm – but not too hot – summer. Like other farmers, Thalmann won’t know the impact the cold, overly wet spring will have until the fall.
“We’re further along than most,” he said. “We’d like to have been done by now.”
Thalmann farms about 2,000 acres. Three-fourths of his corn and the rest of the land have soybeans planted in it. He would have liked to begin planting April 25. He wasn’t able to put seed in the ground until May 5. Between a snowfall in April, excess rain in mid-May and well-below-average temperatures for much of the spring, farmers now have to hope for a long, warm summer with above-average temperatures.

(For the complete story, see the June 5 print edition of The Chronicle.)